Look up: Dueling meteor showers to light up sky Monday night


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

Both the Southern delta Aquariids and the alpha Capricornids will have peak showers late on Monday and during the early hours Tuesday.

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is active each summer, according to NASA, with most of the activity ranging from July 12 to August 23 this year. The Aquariids are best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere and the southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, NASA said.

Alpha Capricornids is a weak shower with bright fireballs in the sky. The shower can be seen on either side of the equator. 

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For the best view, skygazers are encouraged to find an area well away from city or street lights. Spectators in dark areas should also be able to see the glow of the Milky Way. 

“Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquariids," NASA said. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient -- the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse."

For more information on the two meteor showers, visit NASA's website.