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The Delta Aquariid meteor shower: What you need to know

to connectVideoHuge rocks from the moon that had been set up in order to go see it at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum

The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum is set to showcase a huge chunks of the Moon that crashed into Earth as meteorites.

Skywatchers set for a treat this week, as the Delta Aquariid meteor shower reaches its peak.

The American Meteorological Society, notes that the Delta Aquariids will peak late Monday and early Tuesday.

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Some parts of the world will be a better view of the night sky, and the meteorite fragments as they streak across the night sky, according to experts in the field.

A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning hours, when people are looking at the Perseid meteor shower in the Injured Carter and in the vicinity of the town of Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel, Nov.13, 2015.
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“The Delta Aquariids are best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere,” said NASA on its website. “Find an area far away from city or street lights. Please come prepared with a sleeping bag, a blanket or a lawn chair. Lie flat on your back and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.”

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“Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees in the zodiac sign of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquariids,” the space agency added. “In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust to it and you will begin to see meteors. Don’t worry — the show will last until dawn, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”

EarthSky notes the fact that the Delta Aquariid shower is active each year from about July 12 to Aug. 23. “And the next new moon is on July 31/August 1 (depending on your time zone), it means beautiful, waning crescents in the optimal morning hours, at the end of July,” he explains. “It means dark skies for the greater part of the night in the first full week of August.”

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A small piece of an asteroid or comet, also known as a meteor. If it’s in the Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes a meteor or a fireball or a shooting star. The pieces of rock that hit the ground, and of great value to collectors, are the rocks.

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