The 2022 Delta Aquarids are coming: how and when to see them

He is July 30 will be held on pico of activity of the Delta Aquarids 2022. It’s a moderately active meteor shower that usually goes unnoticed in favor of the ever-popular Perseids. But this year the decor are different.

When can you enjoy the Delta Aquarids?

The truth is that 2022 is a bad year in terms of big meteor showers. The Perseids they will coincide with the Moon in the process of full moon. In other words, the brightness of our satellite will be a big problem throughout the night.

By masking the fainter meteors, we will see fewer shooting stars than in other years. To make matters worse, the geminids will correspond to the Moon in the process of last quarterso we are facing the same problem.

The ace Delta Aquarids 2022, however, they coincide with the moon in phase new Moon, which will take place two days before. So, although its activity is much less, it will be a good opportunity to observe the sky.

Delta Aquarids 2022
A Perseid, photographed in Egypt in 2017. Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Ahmed abd elkader mohamed

Under ideal conditions, Delta Aquarids can reach 25 meteors per hour. This estimate assumes that the observation is made under ideal conditions. That is, without any light pollution, with the moon in the new moon phase.

Moreover, also with the radiant high in the sky and in the best viewing hours. If these factors change, we will naturally see a smaller amount. For all this, from Spain we can expect to see between 12 and 18 meteors per hour, approx.

In the Iberian Peninsula we can expect to see around 12-15, depending on where we are. From Canary Islands the figure will be closer to 18 meteors per hour. Of course, without any light pollution.

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