Double trouble: Two meteor showers are set to light up Australia’s night skies on the very same night

Stargazers can see the Delta Aquariids and Alpha Capricornids meteors simultaneously peak on July 30

Melissa Woodley
Liv Condous
The Delta Aquariids meteor shower and Milky Way over the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mt. Adams, Washington State
Photograph: Diana Robinson via Flickr

If there’s one thing that can lure Aussies out into the chilly winter night, it’s the allure of a rare celestial event. From dazzling comets to mystical auroras, we’ve had our fair share of cosmic wonders this year – and now, there’s a doubleheader set to grace our night skies very soon. In an extremely rare occurrence, the Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids meteor showers will peak on the very same night. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: you don’t want to miss this one.

When are the Delta Aquariids and Alpha Capricornids meteor showers visible in Australia?

Tuesday, July 30 is the date to mark on your calendars for the double meteor shower event. The two annual celestial events in question are the Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids showers, which occupy the southern sky and are both most visible in the Southern Hemisphere – so we're in luck! 

What can you expect to see on the night?

This year, the Delta Aquariids shower is predicted to span from July 18 to August 21, peaking in late July. At its absolute peak on July 30, sky gazers could see up to a whopping 25 shooting stars per hour (given the sky is totally clear). Although fainter, the Alpha Capricornids meteor shower will also peak on the very same night in Australia, adding an extra five shooting stars per hour to the celestial show. 

How can I watch the double meteor shower in Australia?

In order to spot this sparkly sight, it helps to have a little bit of astronomic know-how. Being able to locate various constellations and celestial bodies helps a lot, as these meteor showers will radiate from the Aquarius and Capricornus constellations. Fortunately, there are plenty of astrology resources online to help you with this.

Other tips to bear in mind for meteor-spotting are heading to your chosen stargazing spot in the early hours of the morning (around 2-3am) and ensuring you wait long enough to give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness (about half an hour). And considering it is the depths of winter, bring plenty of warm layers and blankets! 

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