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A mini meteor shower this weekend


Andrew Fazekas, astronomer
July 27, 2012 — Skywatchers with clear skies will get a chance to see shooting stars in the pre-dawn hours this Saturday and Sunday.


In the countryside, observers can expect to see upwards of 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour
In the countryside, observers can expect to see upwards of 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak in the next couple of days as the earth slams into a cloud of debris left behind by a passing comet.

Every year, like clockwork, our planet plows through a stream of particles the size of sand grains, which burn up in the upper atmosphere.

From a dark countryside, observers can expect to see upwards of 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour during the pre-dawn hours on Saturday and Sunday.

In the cities and suburbs, you can expect to see between 5 and 10 meteors per hour.

The Delta Aquarids appear to radiate out from its namesake constellation Aquarius, which rises to its highest point in Canadian skies around 3 a.m. local time. Astronomers predict we should be left with dark enough skies to catch all but the faintest of meteors.

This shower makes a great opening act for the Perseid showers, which will make an appearance in mid-August.

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