Monday Night Will Feature Dueling Meteor Showers Over Maine
Two meteor showers, one night. These summertime meteor showers produce some bright fireballs in the night sky. Here's when to look up.
Monday night, July 29-30, two meteor showers will peak. According to the American Meteor Society, the Southern delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids meteor showers will peak on the same night.
The Southern delta Aquariids will be hard to see, as the best viewing is in the southern hemisphere. Still, us north of the equator have a chance to see a few meteors. They are usually faint and lack both persistent trains and fireballs. Southern delta Aquariids will be low on the horizon. Best viewing is 3-4 a.m.
The Alpha Capricornids will be better sky watching. The meteor shower isn't very strong, and only produces about 5 meteors per-hour. The fun of viewing the Alpha Capricornids is the bright fireballs it often produces. Best viewing is around 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, will also offer peak viewing opportunities.
Last week, a bright fireball was reported from Virginia to Maine. The fireball was possibly a member of the Alpha Capricornids.