Summer 2022 Meteor Showers: When and Where to See Delta Aquarids, Perseids and More

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Goodness, big balls of fire!

This year’s meteor showers have begun – and the best time to see some of the very cool space activity is right around the corner this summer.

According to the American Meteor Society, three meteor showers — the Southern Delta Aquarids, Alpha Capricorns, and Perseids — are active so far.

The Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower has been active since July 18 and will continue until August 21.

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER STARTS: WHEN, WHERE TO SEE IT

But Aquariids peak viewing is set for the night of July 29, 2022, when the moon will be just 1% full – also known as the new moon.

A meteor passes over sandstone formations as Earth passes through debris trails from a shattered comet called 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, or SW3, producing an unprecedented meteor shower called Tau Herculids on May 30, 2022, in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.
(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

This heavy meteor shower can best be seen from the southern tropics and along 16 south latitude, which crosses South America, Africa and Australia.

Sightings from the northern hemisphere will be rare, but there’s a better chance of catching a sighting the further south you go.

TEXAS FIREBALL LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT SKY NEAR AUSTIN

The best time to observe these showers is between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Inspiration Point early August 12, 2016, in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Inspiration Point early August 12, 2016, in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The American Meteor Society suggests that viewers lie comfortably in a lounge chair for at least an hour, as meteor activity is known to appear in peak and valley increments.

Alpha Capricornids meteor shower activity runs from July 7 to August 15 — and is expected to peak on the night of July 30 to July 31, according to the American Meteor Society.

This is when the moon is only 5% full.

Capricornid activity can be visualized just as clearly on either side of the equator.

An Alpha Capricornid fireball is spotted at a remote site in eastern Oregon.

An Alpha Capricornid fireball is spotted at a remote site in eastern Oregon.
(Wade Earle/American Meteor Society)

Even though this shower is not very strong and rarely produces more than five meteors per hour, Capricornids are known to show bright fireballs.

The recent sighting of a fireball in Austin, Texas, may have been Capricorn alpha, Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told Fox News Digital.

With both active showers peaking at the end of July, this sets the stage for the summer’s most popular meteor shower: the Perseids.

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE FINDS CANDIDATES FOR FIRST GALAXIES

The impressive shower is active from July 14 to September 1 – and is expected to peak on the night of August 12, 2022, during the full moon.

Perseid meteor shower explosion, visible in the absence of the moon, taken in Ontario, Canada, in August 2021.

Perseid meteor shower explosion, visible in the absence of the moon, taken in Ontario, Canada, in August 2021.
(Pierre Martin/American Meteor Society)

Although a full moon will reduce the number of meteor sightings by 75%, Lunsford said the shower produced enough bright meteors to make the sighting “worth it.”

According to NASA, the Perseids can be easily viewed from the Northern Hemisphere before dawn.

The shower features fast, bright meteors, which often leave behind long streaks of light and color.

The American Meteor Society has reported that normal rates for these showers seen from rural areas can be as high as 50 to 75 shower members per hour. NASA has reported that a maximum of 100 meteors can be seen per hour.

In this 30-second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on August 11, 2021 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

In this 30-second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on August 11, 2021 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
(Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Perseid particles, including the famous fireballs, are released by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it returns to the inner solar system.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The shower is named Constellation Perseus.

This is the area of ​​the sky from which meteors with maximum activity originate, also known as the radiant.

Leave a Comment