Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2014: Peak Dates Are July 29-30, Where to Look in Sky (+Live Stream)

The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower started back in July 12 and is slated to run until August 23.

It’s considered a minor meteor shower but should be easier to watch because the peak has hit, on July 28 and July 29.

“This year’s peak occurs during a new moon, which means dark skies for optimal viewing. Begin looking for these faint meteors after midnight,” according to NASA.

Don’t worry if you missed July 28 because the space agency says that the night of July 29 and the morning of July 30 will feature a favorable new moon that will help darken the skies for the Southern Delta Aquarids.

“Although this is considered a minor meteor shower with projected peak rates at 15-20 meteors/hour, the darker skies will help even faint meteors shine more brightly,” it said.


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The meteors are best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere–although most of the world can see them–away from city and street lights.

“Lie flat on your back and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. However, looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquarids,” NASA advises. “In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.”

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will actually offer a live stream of the skies above Huntsville, Alabama. The stream will start at 9:30 p.m. EDT (6:30 p.m. PDT).

 *Flickr/Mike Lewinski

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