Sunday night is set to be a spectacle for stargazers, with the Southern Delta Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids meteor showers lighting up the night sky.
They won’t be fleeting visitors either. The cosmic show is expected to last throughout the coming week.
The onset of these dazzling meteor showers marks the beginning of summer’s most breathtaking celestial events, according to AccuWeather.
Unlike most meteor showers that typically last only a night or two, the Southern Delta Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids showers will keep our eyes on the sky for nearly a week.
The forecast suggests we can expect to see around 15 to 20 meteors zip across the sky every hour, some of which will be stunningly bright “fireballs”.
There’s a bit of a snag though; the full moon coincides with the showers, dimming some of the fainter meteors. Though don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm – it’s still set to be a captivating spectacle.
Keep your eyes on the sky! ☄️🔭🤩
A flurry of meteors will soon dash across the heavens as both the Southern Delta Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids will peak Sunday night into early Monday morning. https://t.co/8bYHnULyYJ pic.twitter.com/OtiktPb9sA
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) July 26, 2023
As per a map shared by AccuWeather on Twitter, the most favorable spots for viewing the meteor showers stretch from east Texas through to northern Florida and up to New England in the southeast states.
Some areas in the Mountain West and the Pacific Northwest can also catch the meteoric display; although local weather conditions may impact visibility in isolated regions.
For those who may miss the chance to witness the spectacle this weekend, there’s no need to worry. The much larger Perseid shower is set to take center stage on the night of Saturday, Aug. 12, stretching into the early hours of Aug. 13.
— Antonio Paris (@AntonioParis) July 26, 2023
As for the best way to watch a meteor shower, it’s relatively simple. Just tilt your head back, open your eyes wide, and gaze up into the night sky. Patience is the key.
Sit back, relax, and let the cosmic spectacle unfold above you.