This morning’s moon, July 31, 2013
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.