Often when we try to view a meteor shower the moon is too bright or there is too much light pollution emanating from urban illumination sources for us to view these rapid events in the night sky. Such will not be the case for those viewing the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower at Hobbs State Park on Friday July 29, 2011. At the park’s visitor center there will be no urban light pollution, and coincidently no moon that night. If there are no clouds, the meteor shower viewing should be ideal.
Every year the Earth passes through many trails of comets, old remnants from the solar system formation, and many other collections of dusty debris and small tracks of asteroids. These dusty remains are the artifacts of many before that have collided with countless planets, moons, or other objects in their long cycle of spinning around the sun. In July, the trails of Temple P1 and other remnants will "broadside" us and will be visible to naked eye observers. Some of these meteors will be bright with a flash, while others will appear as just streaks of yellow and green as they pass harmlessly into our atmosphere.
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