South Floridians Get Showered With Delta Aquarid Meteors

Jul 15, 2016

The Delta Aquarid meteor showers start to be visible this week.


Though the shows are best seen in the southern hemisphere, South Florida can still get a good view.


Mark Bennett, director of the planetarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, recommends to get away from urban areas to have the best chance of seeing the streaks in the sky.


“If you can find somewhere that’s away from the city lights, take something like a lawn chair, get comfortable - and don’t look at one specific point,” he said.

Bennett said to scan the southern skies.

He says the best days to catch the meteors are at the end of July, and the moon is cooperating with your view.  

“The time of the peak, between the 27 and the 30, we’ll have a waning-crescent moon, so there’ll be just a very thin little bit of moonlight and it will really make it good for meteor watching,” Bennett said.


Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, an astronomy curator with the Frost Science Museum, said, the show isn’t all about size.


“The Delta Aquarids is not a big meteor shower per se, but you can see up to like 20, 30 meteors per hour,” he said.


Wade Pierce, from Homestead, suggests his favorite local spots to watch shows in the sky.


"The Everglades National Park is very good. Like far to the southern tip near or at Flamingo," he said. "Also, in the middle of the Everglades when you are halfway between Miami and Naples."


His advice for anyone eager to see the meteor showers? "Bring your mosquito spray and keep looking up," Pierce said.


From Hollywood, Neil Reisner has his own recommendations.


"Alligator Alley," he said. "Head out to the first or second rest stop. What makes it so special? Because it's dark, I suppose. And close."


If you miss these meteor showers, you can catch the Perseids which start in mid-August.


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