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August Has 3 Meteor Showers So Get Ready For A Dazzling Sky All Month

It looks set to be a great month for stargazers across the country, with some of the best astronomical events taking place over the next few weeks.

July has been an epic month for show-stopping celestial events. But luckily for those who may have missed seeing any, August also has a stellar line-up of dazzling astronomical displays to look forward to.

Not only will space enthusiasts be in for a chance to see the planet Venus, but will also be treated to two very special meteor showers!

Best of all, most will all be easy to spot in the sky without needing to fork out for any high-tech camera or telescopes.

Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower

The southern Delta Aquariids are active from July 12 until August 23.

This meteor shower can produce up to 25 meteors per hour.

The Delta Aquariids can be viewed in the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

The southern Delta Aquariids appear after midnight until an hour before sunrise.

These meteors appear to originate to the south from the constellation Aquarius which gives the meteor shower its name.

Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower

The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 3 through August 15.

These meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Capicornus which gives the meteor shower its name.

The Alpha Capricornid meteor shower produces slow and bright meteors up to 5 per hour and often produce fireballs.

The Alpha Capricornid can be best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere.

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is active from July 17 through August 24, 2020, and will peak on August 11th and 12th.

The Perseid Meteor Shower produces more fireballs than any other meteor shower.

Skywatchers should be able to see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour at the peak.

The best time to see the Perseids is between midnight and dawn.

The Perseids meteor shower will be visible almost all over the world but will be best seen in the northern hemisphere.

The Perseids appear to come from the constellation Perseus which gives the meteor shower its name.