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How To See Upcoming Delta Aquarid, Perseids Meteor Showers

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Stargazers can catch two meteor showers over Arizona skies the next few weeks.

Stargazers can catch two meteor showers over Arizona skies the next few weeks.

Between midnight and dawn will be the best time for Arizonans to watch the events. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks July 28 in the southern sky with some 20 shooting stars an hour.

In weeks to come, it will blend with the much more dazzling Perseids. Astronomers expect an “outburst” of 100 to 200 shooting stars an hour, double the usual number. That’s because Jupiter is lined up just right to nudge Perseid meteors toward Earth. They’ll radiate out of the northeast and peak on Aug. 12.

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff will host a special meteor shower event for the public July 28, and Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson will have an event July 29.

MORE: Arizona Stargazing Guide: Observatories Open To The Public

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Melissa grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where she fell in love with the ecology and geology of the Sonoran desert. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona and an M.FA. in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University.