Three meteor showers will be visible from Australia over the next three days.
Brought to our attention by The Guardianthe Piscis Austrinids, the Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids will be visible at times over the next three days.
The Piscis Austrinids is expected to have about five meteors visible per hour during the shower and the Alpha Capricornids is expected to have four meteors visible per hour, whereas the Southern Delta Aquariids is expected to have a whopping 20 meteors visible per hour at its peak.
Meteors are made up of cosmic rocks, often sourced from comets, which are much larger cosmic rocks. Comets orbit around the sun and every now and again, pieces fly off into Earth’s direction. It’s a pretty cool natural phenomenon.
Previously, some meteor showers have produced between 50 and 100 meteors per hour at their peaks, but this is not the case for all of them.
Back to the meteor showers visible over the next two days in particular, the Southern Delta Aquariids come from the comet 96P/Macholz. The Alpha Capricornids come from the 169P/NEAT comet. The origin of the Piscis Austrinids comet, interestingly, has not been identified.
Where and when can I see these upcoming meteor showers?
According to The Guardianthe first to be visible will be the Piscis Austrinidis, best visible on July 28 (tonight) between 8pm and 11pm. You’ll see it to the southeast. Look 45 degrees up.
The second, the Southern Delta Aquariids (the big one) will be best visible on July 30 at about 11pm, to the east-northeast. Look 45 degrees up.
Finally, the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower should be bright and have some fireballs, and will be best visible from around July 30 at about 11pm, visible to the north-northeast. Yes, the same date and time as the Southern Delta Aquariids, but in a slightly different direction. Look 65 degrees up.
Additionally, the Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak August 13 at about 5amwith an expected 100 meteors visible per hour.
The “peak period” for these meteor showers lasts about 48 hours, so while you may be able to spot them at other times, the above times are considered the best.