• Ryan Calleja Urry

3 Meteor Showers Happening This Month That Students In Malta Can Cuddle Up To 💫 🤩

For all you stargazers in the know, this summer has been jam-packed with exciting celestial events and rocket launches.

The coming month is no different either, here’s everything you need to know to witness the coming starry sights 👇

#1 - The Delta Aquariids ✨

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is a yearly event that typically takes place from mid-July to mid-August. Astronomers aren’t fully sure (space is kinda confusing) but they believe the meteor shower comes from Comet 96P/Machholz. I'm sure you know exactly where that is.

The Delta Aquariids get their name from the constellation Aquarius because their radiant (meteors' point of origin) is near the star Delta Aquarii.

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower happens from July 12th to August 23th, and will peak with approximately 20 meteors per hour.

#2 - The Alpha Capricornids ☄️

The Alpha Capricornids meteor shower typically occurs from mid-July to mid-August as a result of the dust from the comet 169P/NEAT. Neat.

According to the American Meteor Society, the Alpha Capricornids are active from July 2nd to August 10th.

This shower can be seen from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, so get outside and lookup. Even though this may not seem like very many meteors, this shower is known for sometimes having fireballs, so it's definitely worth a try!

#3 - Last But Not Least, Perseid 🌟

The Perseid meteor shower, regarded as one of the best yearly showers, is just a couple of weeks away, peaking on August 12th. Plus, the Mars Perseverance rover is set to launch this week, too - you can watch the launch online on the NASA website.

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