By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator

In the next few weeks, the people of Earth are front-row for some of the most spectacular space-based events we can observe (sans telescopes). This summer’s entertainment comes courteously of the Delta Aquarids and Perseid meteor showers.

The Delta Aquarids shower will peak tonight (Thursday July 28th) and tomorrow night. The best time to watch will be sometime between midnight and the wee hours of the morning. Skywatchers could see around 20 meteors per hour. However, this show will be better suited for those living in more southerly regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

Slooh will also be livestreaming the event.

Not to fret, the Perseid meteor shower shines bright for the Northern Hemisphere. Perseid will be at its best for midnight viewing on August 10th where it’s estimated skywatchers could see 200 meteors per hour—quite a headliner. (It makes the Delta Aquarids look like a warm-up act.) The early mornings of August 11th, 12th, and 13th are also said to provide excellent viewing times with similar expectations to the August 10th show.

The best way to watch? Get out of town–away from the light pollution of any major city—find a nice clear patch of grass, look up, and wait. Meteors can be spotted once a minute or once every hour, depending on the event.

There are many more meteor showers throughout the year and EarthSkys has a wonderful guide to Earth’s most spectacular space-based shows. But of the showers, Perseid is counted as the most spectacular.

Planning on watching any of these meteor showers? Share your experience with us. Send in photos or videos, and any info to nshoemaker@gsnypenn.org.

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