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Watch for Delta Aquarid, Perseid meteors through end of July

Perseid Meteor Shower

Two meteor showers have their peaks in the coming weeks, but the moon's interference could mean this week and next offer good opportunities to see "shooting stars".

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks around July 29-30, but it isn't one of the year's most reliable shows. At most, the show produces about 15-20 meteors per hour, and it's best seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

But it could be worth a look, with the peak of the Perseids, one of the year's best shows, just a few weeks away.

The Perseids peak with as many as 60 meteors per hour on the night of Aug. 12 into Aug. 13. But that is only two nights after August's full moon, and the waning gibbous moon could outshine many of the smaller meteors.

That could make the best time to look for Perseids late July into early August, around a new moon on July 26.

The best time to look is in the pre-dawn hours. Recline in a spot away from city light pollution and with a clear view of the sky for the best chances of seeing meteors.

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