• Tim Johnson

Meteor Shower Season

The best time of year for scouting for shooting stars, meteors, is about to begin in the week ahead. Late July and early August is the best time to go outside at night and look for these fast moving shooting stars. There are three fun reasons why the time is right.

There are two meteor showers that will command attention ahead. The meteor shoer Delta Aquarids is about to peak on Thursday, July 28. The shower produces a good number of meteors that you will see late at night. We’ve seen forecasts as high as 20 meteors in an hour, but we are happy just to see half the number.

The second meteor shower, the most popular, Perseid shower will take place on August 11, but don’t wait. A bright moon will interfere with that being the night to look this year.

These two showers share the night sky and you might see any or both of them at the same time in the weeks ahead. Aquarid meteors appear to come from the constellation Aquarius. The Perseids appear to come from the constellation Perseus.

The third reason this is a good time is the weather. Nice summer nights, with an occasional firefly flying overhead helps to make this time of year the best.

 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., July 22 5:25 8:09
Sat., July 23 5:26 8:08
Sun., July 24 5:27 8:07
Mon., July 25 5:28 8:06
Tues., July 26 5:29 8:05
Wed., July 27 5:30 8:05
Thurs., July 28 5:31 8:04
Fri., July 29 5:32 8:02

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
July 15 79 69 0.00
July 16 88 65 0.00
July 17 84 66 0.00
July 18 80 62 0.00
July 19 82 67 0.00
July 20 83 71 0.00
July 21 93 71 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 77º F

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