Dueling meteor showers will create cosmic light show in Indiana

The Southern delta Aquariids, which are active from July 12 to August 23, are considered a strong shower, bringing about 16 meteors across the sky per hour.

The alpha Capricornids, which are active from July 3 to August 15, are also due to peak overnight Monday when the moon is six per cent full.

A pair of meteor showers - the Delta Aquarids and Alpha Capricornids - are expected to provide a dazzling show over the skies of New Jersey and the East Coast as both peak late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

- If you look up in the skies tonight, you may get the chance to see some shooting stars.

The moon is in the waning crescent phase, meaning it will give off less light in the sky - which makes for better meteor shower spotting.

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We experience meteor showers when Earth passes the orbital path of a comet and the comet's debris hits the Earth's upper atmosphere.

The Delta Aquarids produce as many as 20 meteors per hour will be visible at peak.

Astronomers believe Delta Aquarid meteors may come from Comet 96P Machholz, which was discovered in its 5-year orbit around the Sun.

Both showers will be visible to the naked eye with no special equipment needed. Meteor showers are best viewed as a whole.

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