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Monday, July 27, 2009

 

Aquariid Meteor shower 28-29 July 2009

Eastern horizon around 11 pm local time July 28. The red circle shows the location of the apparent origin of the Aquariid meteors (the radiant). Click to embiggen.

Just a reminder that on Tuesday July 28- Wednesday 29 the Aquariid meteor shower peaks. You can see meteors before or after thios time but the numbers will be less (see the meteor flux estimator below).

At the peak, people in the suburbs should see a meteor around once every 6 minutes, and in the country about once every 3 minutes, from between 1 am to 3 am on July 29. The apparent origin of the meteors is about two handspans east of Jupiter, so if you look in the direction of Jupiter (the brightest object in the sky at that time) you should have a good view. Use the NASA meteor shower flux estimator to see what the shower will be like from your location. You need to choose 5 South. Delta Aquariids and remember to set the date to 28-29 July 2009.

You can check cloud cover predictions with 7 timer or Skippy Sky.

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