Meteor showers in the Canaries in 2017: Delta Aquarids this Friday and Saturday

Meteor showers in the Canaries in 2017: Delta Aquarids this Friday and Saturday

Updated 25 July: This Friday and Saturday the Delta Aquarids peak though it’s not a prominent shower. Best viewing will be after midnight looking south, and this peak benefits from a crescent moon so skies will be dark.

Updated 2 May: This coming weekend the Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks but there is a chance of seeing some a week or so either side of the peak. The shower is produced by dust particles from Halley’s comet, and although it’s better viewed from the southern hemisphere, some of the brighter meteors can still be seen after midnight, and appear anywhere in the sky even though they actually radiate from Aquarius.

Updated 18 April: The Lyrids meteor shower peaks this weekend but some meteors could be glimpsed already. It’s not a spectacular shower but it can produce some 20 meteors an hour for a week either side of the peak. The shower is produced by the dust particles from the remnants of a comet, and the meteors can leave bright long tails. There’s also not much of a moon during the peak, so viewing will be optimal. Meteors actually radiate from the Lyra constellation but can be seen anywhere in the sky.

Original post 2 January: Here is the full list of this year’s meteor showers, starting tonight with the Quadrantids. These often don’t seem to produce much of a spectacle, and particularly not for those who aren’t in the far north, but there’s a chance to see something tonight, and possibly tomorrow night too, between midnight and dawn.

January 2-3 Quadrantids
April 22-23 Lyrids
May 5-6 Eta Aquarids
July 28-29 Delta Aquarids
August 12-13 Perseids
October 7-8 Draconids
October 20-22 Orionids (very wide window either side)
November 4-5 Taurids
November 17-18 Leonids
December 13-14 Geminids
December 23-24 Ursids

There is much more information about meteor showers in general and these in particular HERE and HERE.

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