This week just keeps getting better and better: Two different meteor showers are taking place tonight, and depending on where you are, you may be lucky enough to see 25 meteors per hour according to American Meteor Society (ASM). One shower is called the Southern Delta Aquariids, while the other one is called Alpha Capricornids, and here's everything you need to know about them.
What are the Alpha Capricornids?
This meteor shower is one of the weaker ones—it tends to have no more than 5 meteor showers an hour, according to the ASM. However, what you will see is kind of like witnessing fireworks. This shower is known for producing bright mesmerizing explosions in the sky, and this one's active from July 3 through August 11.
What are the Southern Delta Aquariids?
The Delta Aquarrids is much more active by comparison. You can expect to see less "fireworks" with this meteor shower, but there will probably be upwards of 20 meteor showers per hour. Oh, and these meteors are flying by incredibly fast—I'm talking 25 miles per second, according to the ASM. If I were you, I'd try not to blink.
How can I see them?
To see either of these meteor showers, you're going to need to be pretty far from the city—or anywhere with a lot of lights—and have a clear view of the night sky. You can see the Alpha Capricornids from just about anywhere, according to ASM, as it's visible you can see this shower from either side of the equator.
But if you're trying to see the Southern Delta Aquariids, your best shot is to be on the Southern Hemisphere, so anyone living in South America, Australia or the southern half of Africa will be best able to witness this. This type of activity requires patience—NASA suggests bringing a sleeping bag or something that will allow you to lie flat on your back if you want to optimize your chances of seeing a meteor shower, according to CBS News.
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