The Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which has been going on for some days now, has been mostly obliterated by the light of the bright moon. We’ve seen a few photos so far of this year’s Delta Aquarids, but not many.
But the year’s most exciting meteor shower for us in the Northern Hemisphere – the Perseid meteor shower – is still ahead of us.
And that is why this waning moon is such good news. By the time the Perseids peak, on the mornings of August 11-13, the moon will be back in the evening sky, leaving the peak meteor-watching hours of midnight to dawn free and clear.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.