This summer in Florida will be full of spectacular shooting stars. The Delta Aquariids meteor shower begins July 12 and overlaps on the 17th with the Perseids meteor shower in Florida. These spectacular events will decorate July and August skies with hundreds of natural fireworks. Get your coziest blanket ready for this stunning light show.
These cosmic events are annual, occurring each year in July and August. They overlap from around July 17 to August 23, showering the skies with hundreds of dazzling meteors.
Because they happen in the summer, these are popular celestial events to watch in the Northern Hemisphere. In Florida, you can spot these shooting stars without having to bundle up.
The Perseids shower is brighter and more active than its neighbor Delta Aquariids, while the latter produces between 10-20 meteors per hour, Perseids can show up to 50-100, the notes the American Meteor Society.
Although they seem mysterious, these events have a simple explanation. According to NASA, meteor showers result from comet debris. When these comets orbit the sun, rocks and dust break off and fall toward Earth as meteorites.
These little meteors usually burn up in the atmosphere. We see them streak briefly across the sky before they fizzle out, appearing to us as shooting stars.
The Delta Aquariids and Perseids both appear to originate from a specific group of stars, which is how they were named.
An excellent way to spot these meteors is by locating the constellations Aquarius and Perseus in the night sky. This also helps you to distinguish the different showers.
Mark your calendar now for these luminous showers. Come July, you can spot nature's fireworks zooming through the summer air. Remember to make a wish before it's gone.
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