When you’ll be able to see the Delta Aquarid 2017 meteor shower

Geminid Meteor Shower on December 15, 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston
Geminid Meteor Shower on December 15, 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

Stargazers are in for a treat this week as the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will be visible.

The annual astronomical event displays up to 20 shooting stars an hour. 

When can I see it?

The shower runs each year from July 12 to August 23 but it will be most visible on the five days around July 30, with a peak on July 29.

The best time to see it will be after the moon has set. On July 29 the moon will set at  11.15pm in NSW and the sun will rise at 6.49am on July 30 so you should have to get up too early to catch a few shooting stars.

Where can I see it?

The shooting stars will be in the East. Choose a dark location away from light pollution. A beach can be good or on top of a hill. 

Ideally you want to lie down. Remember to shut off your phone screen, put out any campfires and let your eyes adjust to the dark for around 20 minutes. 

If you manage to take any amazing pictures during your star watching adventures please share them in the comments below.