comets-book

You can now buy the recently released book, Fall of a Thousand Suns: How Near Misses and Comet Impacts affected the Religious Beliefs of our Ancestors. It is available through iBooks and Amazon.

 

This website only lists information on modern-day comets and meteor showers. The book, however, thoroughly investigates how specific ancient impacts and near misses changed religious beliefs around the world.

Delta Aquariid

Meteor Shower

Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower

 

 

Discovery of the Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower

In 1870, G.L. Tupman recorded 65 meteors between July 27 and August 8. The radiant was incorrectly identified.

 

In 1926 and 1933, Ronald A. McIntosh made more observations, but it wasn't until 1939, when German astronomer Cuno Hoffmeister correctly identified the constellation Aquarius as the radiant for the Northern Aquariids. Turns out, there were two branches of this meteor storm, which were observed but not identified as two related showers, in 1949 by D.W.R. McKinley. Mary Almond, in 1952, finally identified the second radiant for the Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower.

 

Their radiant lies near Delta Aquarii, one of the brightest stars in the constellation Aquarius. It produces 15-20 visible meteors an hour.

 

 

 

The Parent Body of the Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower

This meteor shower is produced by Marsden and Kracht Sungrazing comets.

 

 

 

When are the Southern Delta Aquariids visible?

The Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower is visible from mid July to mid August each year. It peaks on July 28 or 29.