Meteor extravaganza expected on July 29

Vietnamese amateur astronomers who enjoy gazing at the stars will be anxious to catch a glimpse of the Southern Delta Aquarids meteor shower, due early on July 29, with about 20 meteors expected to blaze across the skies every hour.

Nguyen Duc Phuong, the Secretary General of the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmography Association, suggested looking towards the constellation of Aquarius in the southeastern part of the sky, which will be the centre of the meteor shower. 

A number of astronomy clubs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will gather to observe this event if the weather is fine. The best view of the shower will be from the suburbs with the moon out of the field of vision, according to Phuong. 

A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors radiate from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris, called meteoroids, entering the Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.

VNA/VOV online