The Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower will be peaking in late July, 2016, and Slooh will broadcast it live from multiple sites all over the world.
The meteors of the Delta Aquariids appear to radiate from a point near the star Skat (delta Aquarii) in the constellation Aquarius. The shower peaks around July 27-30, but unlike most meteor showers, the Delta Aquariids lack a sharp peak so meteors are visible from mid-July through early August. The maximum hourly rate can reach 15-20 meteors in a dark sky. Because of their angle of entry into the atmosphere, the Delta Aquarids tend to leave long lingering trails which sets them apart from most other meteors.
During the show, learn all about how these meteors come to be, and why these showers happen every year about the same time. You’ll also hear all about the story of Aquarius, and how artists and poets have interpreted the idea of the shooting star. Plus, get a primer on how you can hear meteors, even when you can’t see them, and learn how you can take your very own meteor shower photographs.
It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what causes the Delta Aquariids. Some astronomers suspect the event happens when the Earth passes through a stream of debris left by the periodic Comet 96/P Macholtz. The comet was only discovered in 1986, though the meteor shower has been observed since at least the 1870s.