31 July 2022

Three meteor showers will brighten the Canberra night sky this weekend

| Aiden Rothnie
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Three meteor showers are going to fly across Canberra’s skies over this coming weekend. Photo: File.

Not one, not two, but three separate meteor showers are going to grace the Australian sky from now until Sunday (31 July).

The Piscis Austrinids, the Southern Delta Aquariids, and the Alpha Capricornids meteor showers will be flying over the Australian sky and will be visible in Canberra over the next few days.

Each of these meteor showers will be visible both separately and together from now until Sunday, with each expected to be most visible at different times.

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The Southern Delta Aquariids is expected to be the most active of the three, having a lot of fast-moving meteors. It can be seen coming from the east/northeast and will be most visible on Saturday.

Piscis Austrinids is the earliest to arrive of the three showers and will be traveling eastwards in the sky if you want to catch it.

Alpha Capricornids is expected to be the brightest of the three showers with the possibility of containing a few ‘fireballs’ (fireballs are extremely bright and vibrant meteors, often as bright or brighter than stars). To catch this shower look towards the northeast. It is also expected to be most visible on Saturday.

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If you’d like to see the showers it’s suggested you start your search in the sky between 10 pm to midnight, which will help ensure the best chance of seeing the meteors in the dark night sky.

For those who want to view the meteor showers try to avoid bright lights, including your phone screen, and give your eyes some time to adjust to the night sky.

There will be plenty of opportunities to catch each of the meteor showers in the sky, so don’t fret if you can’t get to see them when they’re expected to be most visible.

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