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The Delta Aquariid meteor shower will light up skies for the next month

The shooting stars will peak this week, but remain visible until August 23

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

If events on Earth are still a little sparse for your liking, there’s a whole lot of activity going on over our heads this month. 

We’ve had a full ‘thunder moon’ and a lunar eclipse, plus the unexpectedly bright NEOWISE comet, which will be visible in the sky for the rest of July. 

The next thing to pop in your celestial calendar – we actually have one of those here, if you’re into it, FYI – is the Delta Aquariid meteor shower. 

These shooting stars, which are actually caused by debris from a passing comet, appear every summer. They get their name from a star called Delta Aquarii in the Aquarius constellation, which stargazers will notice is where they appear to radiate from.

This year, the shower is set to peak on July 28, when you could see up to 20 meteors an hour. But you’re actually in with a very good chance of spotting the shooting stars any time until August 23. Take a look in the hours before dawn for the best visibility. 

Wherever you are in the world, you should be able to see the Delta Aquariids on a dark night. Fingers crossed for clear skies and observant eyes. 

Really into the night sky these days? Here are the best places for stargazing in the UK and ace places to stargaze in Singapore.  

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