Double meteor showers to dazzle July skies in Colorado

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Get ready for a stargazing adventure with double meteor showers set to grace the summer skies this month in Colorado.

Active from July 3rd to August 15th, the Alpha Capricornids are up first and followed by the Southern Delta Aquarids, which will be seen July 12th to August 23rd. The overlapping showers will peak on the same starry night from July 28 (Tuesday evening) into July 29 (Wednesday morning), displaying as many as 20 shooting stars per hour.

The best viewing times are generally after midnight and before dawn. The moon is expected to be 66% full, which may obstruct star-viewing to some degree.

The Alpha Capricornids meteor shower, which has been known to produce “ bright fireballs” in its display, can be seen equally well on either side of the equator.

According to earthsky.org, the Delta Aquarid shower favors skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere, though it’s still expected to be visible from mid-northern latitudes.

The Fourth of July will feature more than just fireworks. Weather permitting, a lunar eclipse will be visible across North America and South America. In Colorado, viewing conditions will range between good and fair.

Here are the best spots for stargazing in Colorado. Please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when you cannot maintain the six-foot distance.

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