Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower is coming

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THE Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower is almost upon us, with seasoned stargazers saying country WA will be a great place to view the sky show.

The Southern Delta Aquariids shower is active from mid-July to mid-August each year.

The peak of activity happens on July 30, and this night and others either side are the best time to see meteors.

The best advice for people wanting to see the activity is to look east from 10pm or later on Tuesday July 30.

More meteors may be visible past midnight and into the morning.

Experts say there could be as many as 15 to 20 meteors per hour.

What is a meteor shower? 

A meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet after it has completed its journey around the Sun.

As comets pass by the Sun, extreme temperatures heat up some of the nucleus causing a trail of debris.

The debris can be as small as a grain of sand and can be travelling at 10-70kms per second.

When this debris hits the Earth’s atmosphere it burns up causing a bright streak of light to appear in our night sky.

When Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet, there are lots of pieces that can enter Earth’s atmosphere causing a greater number of meteors (or “shooting stars”). Hence the name meteor shower.