Ever looked up at the sky and marveled at how big it is? How mysterious? It’s one of those things we see up there but never really realize just how awesome it is –until it puts on a show for us. The spring was relatively calm in terms of meteor showers, but summer is getting its jump with two nearly simultaneously. So here’s what you need to know.
On Wednesday, July 28, we’re going to be blessed with two separate meteor showers, which will peak at the same time. This means we’re going to have a look to look up in awe at. So whether we wake up early or stay up really late, it will be worth every second.
According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), the Alpha Capracornids meteor shower will be visible from July 3 to August 15. The shower will peak around the pre-dawn hours of July 29, which is the same time, roughly, as the Southern Delta Aquariids, too. The Sothern Delta Aquariids will be visible from July 12 to August 23, 2021, and the Perseids will start-up in mid-July, as well.
What you need to know about the Alpha Capracornids meteor shower.
The Alpha Capracornids shower is not very strong, the AMS says, adding that it doesn’t usually produce more than five showers members per hour. “What is notable about this shower is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period,” the AMS writes. “This shower is seen equally well on either side of the equator.”
What you need to know about the Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower.
The AMS says that this meteor shower is best seen “from the southern tropics.” Adding, “North of the equator, the radiant is located lower in the southern sky. Therefore, rates are less than seen from further south.”
This meteor shower will have a good show for about a week. “These are usually faint meteors that lack both persistent trains and fireballs,” the AMS says.
These same showers were seen last year around the time, which means we’re likely to see a third one around the same time, too.
What you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower.
The AMS says that Perseids will be active from mid-July to late August as well. It’s always been the most popular summer meteor shower since it’s so vibrant and easier to spot the fireballs shooting through the sky. It will peak on August 12 but will run through the end of August.
Mark your calendars, set up a blanket in the backyard, and the show will be so worth it.
And go ahead and check our calendar for the full suite of weird sky events in 2021.