Look Up! Dazzling Double Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

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The Southern delta Aquariids, which are active from July 12 to August 23, are considered a strong shower, bringing about 16 meteors across the sky per hour. If you want the best view of asteroid and comet fragments lighting up the night sky, you'll have to be in either the Southern Hemisphere or southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, NASA noted. It's best to watch from areas with a minimal amount of artificial light.

The best time to see the peak was in the early morning hours before sunrise today but you should still be able to see the meteors once the skies darken.

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which began July 12 and will continue through August 23, peaked last night into the morning.

The heavens are bustling with a couple of meteor showers and a black moon.

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"But don't let that date thwart you, if you have a chance to be in a dark place for meteor-watching, anytime in the coming weeks".

The American Meteor Society did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Here's everything you need to know to catch the spectacular celestial show. The comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, so every August, the Earth passes through the comet's debris field.

The meteors of the Aquariid shower-which travel at around 93,000 miles per hour-are usually faint and lack both persistent trains and fireballs, according to the AMS.

A combination of 20 to 25 meteors will be visible per hour as long as the clouds don't interfere with viewing conditions, according to AccuWeather. North of the equator the radiant is located lower in the southern sky and therefore rates are less than seen from further south. The Capricornids are active from July 3 through August 15 and peak tonight.