Look up for the Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower Featured

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:00 Written by  Published in Australia News

Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year. This regular meteor shower is actually around for more than a month but peaks on July 28 and 29.

You will be able to see this spectacular metro shower between midnight and dawn with the peak between 2 and 3 am on July 28 and 29. 

The Delta Aquariids are best viewed in the pre-dawn hours, away from the glow of city lights. Southern Hemisphere viewers usually get a better show because the radiant is higher in the sky during the peak season. Average meteor observation rate is 15–20 per hour, and a peak zenith hourly rate of 18.

What are meteors?

We simply call them shooting stars and many of us have already seen them. The shooting stars or the meteors start out as rocks floating around in the space. In the space they are called asteroids or meteoroids .Meteoroids are much smaller with some just the size of a grain, while larger ones are visible as shooting stars as they burn up in the atmosphere.

Photographing a meteor shower

Photographing meteors are not easy. However it is always fun to try. You will need a good DLSR if you want to capture this spectacular natural phenomenon. However, as meteors are not that bright and are in the sky for such a short period of time, a standard lens is usually not fast enough to take a good photo. It is worth to remember that the lower your f setting, the wider the aperture and the more light to let in. Take lots of photos and hope for the best. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 23:24