Meteor outlook for July and August 2021

The southern Delta-Aquariids (SDA) peak on 30th July with an hourly rate of around 25. They’re a good target for radio detections as most of the shower will be below the horizon for UK observers. The alpha-Capricornids (CAP) peak at the same time, and can be distinguished by a lower velocity.

The main event as always is the Perseids (PER) which this year peak around 21:00UT on the 12th. Conditions are good, with the young new Moon only four days old. Rates can be as high as 100 per hour, so lets hope for clear skies and no return of 2020 and 2019’s thunderstorms and gales! The best time to observe is after 10pm local time.

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