Meteor shower activity in July is minimal until the end of the month where there are three minor meteor showers taking place.
|July Meteor Shower Schedule|
|Shower Name||Start Date||Max Date||End Date|
|Piscis Austrinids||July 15||July 28||August 10|
|South. δ-Aquariids||July 12||July 28||August 19|
|α-Capricornids||July 3||July 30||August 15|
|Perseids||July 17||August 12||August 24|
A minor annual shower is one that produces a peak ZHR greater than 1 but less than 10 and appears consistently on an annual basis. Other than the South. δ-Aquarids these showers are relatively non-existent. The South. δ-Aquarids is capable of producing up to 20 meteors per hour on its peak date of July 28, 2009 and the other showers will probably max out at about 5 meteors per hour on their peak dates. Occasionally minor meteor showers produce little surprises in activity but it is unlikely that these showers will be the ones.
The South. δ-Aquarids is better viewed from the southern hemisphere and its radiant Aquarius is where it gets the name. I wouldn’t get overly excited about this meteor shower or any of the meteor showers in July, but I do promise you that next month, the Perseids is worth a look and some observers consider it to be the best meteor shower of the year.
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- Meteor Mark
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