2021 Delta Aquarids

Peaks: 28–29 July

Delta Aquarids meteor shower marks the beginning of summer meteor season. 28 to 29 July should be a night to observe as we are treated to two meteor shower peaks


13 July to 24 August

Observing conditions
From United Kingdom
Shower is visible
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Delta Aquarids meteor shower peaks the same night as Alpha Capricornids. Despite almost full Moon at 74%, it should be a night worth observing.

Observers in the UK should expect relatively small but steady numbers of meteors, just under 20 per hour. Astronomical twilight starts at 22:32, and that's roughly the time Delta Aquarids radiant rises over South East horizon. As it gets darker, 1 hour later, the Moon will rise and worsen the observing conditions.

Delta Aquarids' origins are still unconfirmed, but recently the comet 96P/Machholz has been identified as the likely source of the meteor shower.

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