While Australians and New Zealanders will have another chance to see the Delta Aquarid meteor shower tonight, if you can’t stand getting up in the middle of the night, we have some good news for you.
Slooh is broadcasting the meteor shower live from 10.00am AEST this morning, which you can watch below.
And for the night owls, the best viewing hours today and tomorrow will be after midnight and before dawn.
Every year, the Delta Aquarid meteor showers are visible during the last days in July and early August. Most people around the world can see the showers, but they will be most bright in the Southern hemisphere.
They’re best seen with the naked eye in a dark, rural area away from city lights. Somewhere like Australia’s first Dark Sky Park, the Warrumbungles National Park, would be perfect.
Since meteors will be streaking across the overhead skies, lie down on a blanket or recline in a lawn chair and allow your eyes to become adapted to the darkness.
The origins of the showers are clouded in mystery. While astronomers have theorised that it’s caused by Earth passing by Comet 96P Machholz and picking up debris, that’s yet to be proven.