The Southern Delta Aquarid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius the Water-Bearer, which is at its highest point in the sky right before sunrise. To see the most meteors, though, don’t look directly at the radiant.
As Talcott said, “All other things being equal, the farther away from the radiant a meteor streaks, the longer its trail will be.”
Enjoy the endless summer nights of meteor-watching with some lemonade and a lawn chair.
- Delta Aquarid meteors are not slow by anyone’s definition, crashing into the atmosphere at 91,700 mph (147,600 kilometers/hour), but their speed is moderate compared to the 158,800 mph (255,600 km/h) of November’s Leonids.
- The Southern Delta Aquarid shower occurs because Earth is passing through Comet 96P/Machholz’s debris.