If you’ve been longing since spring for meteor showers, you’re about to be rewarded as the rambling Delta Aquariid meteor shower gets underway Monday. The peak isn’t for a couple of weeks, but don’t be surprised if you see a few shooting stars over Metro Detroit before that.
One way to look at the Delta Aquariids, which produce between 10 and 20 meteors an hour at the July 29 peak, is as a dress rehearsal for summer’s main shooting star event, the prolific Perseid meteor shower.
The Delta Aquariids reliably produce meteors for a couple of days on either side of the peak date and will continue to fire through about Aug. 23, intersecting with the Perseids, often regarded as the best meteor shower of the year — though the Geminid meteor shower in December is special in its own right.
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