Two meteor showers reach their peak tonight. The Beta Cassiopeid meteors (top row of images) are a moderate shower and have a maximum hourly rate of 10. They may be seen coming from the north but for observers in the southern hemisphere they may only appear low on the northern horizon.
The Southern Delta Aquariids are more easily seen as they have a higher maximum hourly rate of 16 and the constellation of Aquarius will be higher in the sky for most observers across the world. (Bottom row of images: Australian observers may see meteors emanating from the top right area of the image, high above the western horizon. Those in the U.K. and North America may see meteors originating from the middle left above the southern horizon.)
Although shooting stars may be visible throughout the night, your best chance of seeing any is in the pre-dawn hours when the contellations are highest and the waxing gibbous Moon is setting in the west. The moonlight may drown out the fainter meteors earlier in the evening.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 16. (Moon: waxing gibbous. Naked eye, Aquarius, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky.)
The Beta Cassiopeid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 10. (Moon: waxing gibbous. Naked eye, Cassiopeia, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky. See image above.)
The constellation Cygnus (the Swan), culminates at midnight tonight. (Naked eye, all night. See July 13th for map.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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