Wish Upon A Star

 As promised, I deliver you the stars! 

Okay, so I can’t do that! But, I can tell you when the next meteor shower will be! Along with other interesting facts!

Also, here’s an amazing and free app on Google Play to help you find constellations: Star Tracker. It’s beautiful nerdery and great for kids! Just check it out, I promise you will adore it!

I will continue to update this page for new information and tools. 

If you don’t get a chance to see the Eta Aquarids in May or the Delta Aquarids in July, you must see the Perseids! I repeat, go see the Perseids!! From August 13 to July 26, they will be falling. They will peak August 12-August 13; however, you will see them all month especially during the second week of August. This year there won’t be a full moon to hide the showers. 

These meteors are known for their speed as well as the long bright tails they leave behind. While quick, they can easily peak to a 100 meteors per hour so there is a good chance of seeing one!

A Perseid meteor in 2012. Jack Fusco-photographer.

Where do the Perseids come from?

These showers have a radiant point from the Perseus constellation (which is right next to the sideways, W shaped constellation known as Cassiopeia). The Northern Hemisphere will see more meteors than the Southern Hemisphere but both will get a chance to see them!

The Southern Delta Aquarids are next but they are expected to be a no show due to the moon’s light. The Southern Hemisphere might see a few from July 21- August 23rd with the peak on July 28. They also have a radiant from Aquarius but come from a more obscure comet.

So we just missed the Eta Aquarids.They happened on May 5th, 2015; however, the Eta Aquarids generally happen all month long (well up to May 26) but they peak in the first week of May. However, on May 18, there will be a new moon-great for viewing! These stars are known for their bright sparkling tails and are my personal favorite!

On a sidenote, Saturn will be fully illuminated and will come the closest it can to Earth on May 22-23. With a medium telescope, you will even be able to see Saturn’s rings and moons! Look for a steady golden star near Scorpio. It will be at its highest at midnight.

Justin Ng-Photographer. Eta Aquarids from 2013.

Where do the Eta Aquarids come from?

 Their radiant is from the constellation, Aquarius. However, the parent of this meteor shower is Halley’s Comet. Every Spring, we pass into the orbit of Halley’s Comet. The debris causes our shooting stars. The higher the radiant, the more likely you will see a shooting star or more! Generally, both the northern and southern hemisphere’s will be able to glimpse these beauties.

Good Luck!

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