Delta Aquarid meteor shower – Amazing night show of nature


Let’s know about meteors and meteor shower

A meteor is a space rock that enters Earth’s atmosphere. As the space rock enters the Earth atmosphere, the resistance or drag of the air on the rock makes it extremely hot. What we see is a “shooting star.” That bright streak is not actually the rock, but rather the glowing hot air as the hot rock zips through the atmosphere.

When Earth encounters many meteoroids at once, we call it a meteor shower.


Let’s get introduced with Delta Aquarid

Delta Aquarids (Southern Delta Aquarids ) are a meteor shower which we can see every year from mid-July to mid-August. The shower results when Earth passes through the debris fields left by comet, Marsden and Kracht. The name of meteor shower is based on the radiant appears to originate near Delta Aquarii, one of the brightest stars in the constellation Aquarius.


Let’s observe the Delta Aquarid meteor shower

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower has a nominal peak in late July. This year, in 2019, will be a good chance to observe Delta Aquarid meteor shower as the slender waning crescent moon doesn’t seriously intrude on this year’s production.

Although this shower favors the Southern Hemisphere but it is still visible from mid-northern latitudes. This year shower can be expected to produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour and the low moonlight will make this more beautiful.

Let’s know about Delta Aquarid meteor shower in deep

Donald Machholz was the person who discovered this comet in 1986. It’s a short-period comet and it around the sun once in five year. The Aquarius is the radiant point of the Delta Aquarids now what is the meaning of radiant? If you trace all the Delta Aquarid meteors backward, they appear to radiate from a certain point in front of the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer, which, as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, arcs across the southern sky. The shower radiant point is nearly aligns with the star Skat (Delta Aquarii). The meteor shower is named in the honor of this star.

The Delta Aquarids is actually combination of two showers, the Northern and the Southern Delta Aquarids. The southern shower starts earlier and is a little more active, while the northern portion covers the end of the timescale and generally has a lower rate.


Although the meteors appear to originate from Aquarius but they are best seen 30 degrees away from origin, so it’s advised to keep careful watch across the whole sky.

Date of peakJuly 30


Parent body96P/Machholz

Zenithal hourly rate16

Occurs duringJuly 12 – August 23

Right ascension23h 20m

Note: Remember, you do not have to locate a shower’s radiant point to enjoy the meteors. However, a dark night without moonlight does help to have a great view. This year – in 2019 – the prospects for watching the Delta Aquarids in late July are very good, because the low moonlight will favour the show.

So go out Find an open sky away from artificial lights, lie down and look upward!!

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