Colorado stargazers will get a chance to see a double dose of meteor showers this week, predicted to result in bright fireballs streaking across the night sky.
Look up toward the sky Tuesday evening (July 28) into the early morning hours of Wednesday (July 29) to spot both the Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids dazzling the mountain sky with 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour, according to the AccuWeather. On this double meteor shower peak night, the moon is expected to be 66% full, which could have an impact on visibility.
The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 3rd to August 15th, and the Southern Delta Aquariids are active from July 12th to August 23rd, both peaking at the same exact time.
What's most notable about the first active meteor shower is 'the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period," explains the American Meteor Society.
The peak comes just days after the NEOWISE comet made its closet approach to Earth. While the comet is still visible, chances to see it for the last time in close to 7,000 years are fading fast, according to NASA.
It's been nearly three months since the last major meteor shower, offering stargazers their first chance of seeing a shooting star since the Eta Aquarids peaked in early May.
Visibility will vary across the state depending on current weather conditions. The darker and clearer the skies, the better the chance of seeing a shooting star.
Here's a look at the viewing conditions expected for Colorado and beyond.
The 2 meteor showers are the Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids. The latter is known for producing fireballs, or very bright meteors.— AccuWeatherAstronomy (@AccuAstronomy) July 28, 2020
They also have broad peaks, so will still be visible later in the week: https://t.co/yDW7uOXsH4
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