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Delta Aquarid meteor shower: Get ready for a starry night this weekend!

Its Going To Be A Starry Night For All The Enthusiastic Sky-gazers All Over The World, With Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Coming Your Way This Weekend.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Himani Garg | Updated on: 29 Jul 2017, 10:09:20 AM
Delta Aquarid meteor shower: Get ready for a starry night this weekend!

New Delhi:

Its going to be a starry night for all the enthusiastic sky-gazers all over the world, with Delta Aquarid meteor shower coming your way this weekend.

This meteor shower occurs from July 12 to August 23 every year and peaks in late July and the best time to watch it is in the early hours of the morning when the night sky is the darkest. Between 2am and 3am is said to be the best time in all time zones.

Known as 'shooting stars', these meteors are actually tiny pieces of space debris that enter Earth’s atmosphere at incredible speeds and burn up, releasing a flash of light. The debris in the case of the Delta Aquarid meteors likely comes from Comet 96P Machholz, which was discovered in 1986 by Donald Maccholz.

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The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is named after Skat (Delta Aquarii) because its radiant point almost exactly aligns with the star.

Skat is part of a consolation known as the Aquarius the Water Bearer.

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First Published : 29 Jul 2017, 10:09:20 AM