The 2014 Delta Aquarids meteor shower, which is set to peak on July 28-29, promises a good viewing experience for the interested observers due to the absence of a bright moon in the night sky. As the Delta Aquarids peak, the Perseid meteor shower begins. The NASA cameras in New Mexico spotted a couple of Perseid fireballs on Sunday, July 27, after Earth entered the stream of debris that the Comet Swift-Tuttle left behind.
Up to 20 meteors per hour are expected to be seen during the Delta Aquarids meteor shower peak before dawn on Tuesday, July 29. This shower is coming from the Aquarius constellation. The sky watchers who are in the Southern Hemisphere will be treated to a better viewing experience than those in the Northern Hemisphere.
To view the Delta Aquarids meteor shower online, the Slooh virtual observatory will be offering a video stream of the night skies from the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands as well as the Prescott Observatory in Arizona on Monday, July 28, beginning at 10 pm EDT (7 p.m. PDT/0200 GMT). According to a Space.com report, astronomer Bob Berman will be providing an audio commentary for a "soothing outdoor companion to any meteor viewing experience."
An NBC News report revealed that NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Marshall Space Flight Center will conduct a live Ustream video view in Huntsvill, Alabama on Tuesday, July 29, starting at 9:30 pm. For the observers who wish to personally view the 2014 Delta Aquarids meteor shower peak, it is suggested that they find a location far away from the bright city lights with good weather and dark skies.
Meanwhile, NASA cameras have already spotted at least five Perseid fireballs over the weekend. According to the Spaceweather.com report, the "mini-flurry" fireballs that the NASA cameras detected means the annual display of the Perseid meteor shower has kicked off.
The 2014 Perseid meteor shower peak will be from Aug. 11 to 13. However, the appearance of the Full Moon will get in the way of the viewing experience of the sky display. The brightness of the Moon during the Perseid meteor shower peak will reduce the typical 120 meteor per hour visibility to less than 30.
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