Friday, July 29, 2022 2:12 AM
The Delta Aquariids meteor shower will reach its peak on Friday evening, as NASA reveals that the meteor shower is active starting in mid-July and will remain visible until late August, but it will reach its peak soon, and these “meteor showers” originally come from the remains of comet debris and broken asteroids.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, when comets orbit the sun, the dust they emit gradually spreads in a dusty path around their orbits, and as the Earth passes through these debris paths, the pieces collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate, creating beautiful fire streaks in the sky.
Pieces of space debris interacting with our atmosphere to create this meteor shower originates from comet 96P/Machholz, which orbits the sun once every five years.
NASA explains: “The comet was discovered by Donald McCulles in 1986, and the comet’s nucleus is about 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) wide.
And if you want to see meteors, NASA advises: “Look for an area very far from city or street lights, lie on your back and look up, enjoying as much of the sky as possible.”
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