Tuesday night in the sky plus two meteor rains
Tonight the sky will be mostly clear, which will allow our region to look at the summit of two meteor rains.
The best way to see the showers is to find a dark place away from the city lights, wait for the moon to appear (which will be 1:38 in the morning) and then just watch it appear.
Moon and city lights will limit viewing early at night as light from everyone will contaminate the night sky. The Moon is currently in the Gibbous phase of its wax.
Both westerly rains peak this west.
Alpha Capricorns have been active since July 3rd. Until August 15. There are about 5 meteors during the peak tonight. They flow through the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 15 miles per second!
The aquifers of the Southern Delta are active from 12 July to 23 August. Tonight their peak is around 20 meteors per hour. They flow through the sky at a speed of about 26 miles per second!
It’s best to watch late tonight, after midnight, and early in the morning.
If you miss them tonight, you’ll still be able to catch a shower until early to mid-August, they just won’t be during peak hours.