You may catch The Delta Aquiriids meteor shower over Manchester tonight

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Ever seen a meteor shower before? Tonight could be your chance.

The Delta Aquriids – which get their name from the constellation Aquarius star ‘Delta Aquarii’ – appear in the sky in late summer every year, and if we’re lucky, we could catch a glimpse of them from the UK.

The meteor shower is set to hit its peak this evening – offering us humble Earth-dwellers the best opportunity to view an astonishing celestial event.

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According to NASA, The Delta Aquariids clock in at a velocity of 25 miles per second and are visible from July until late-August.

“These faint meteors are difficult to spot, and if there is a moon you will not be able to view them,” reports the space administration

“If the moon is not present, your best chance to see the Delta Aquariids is when meteor rates rise during the shower’s peak at the end of July.”

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To see them in all their glory, NASA advises finding an area away from city or streetlights and lying down to take in the night sky above.

Ideally, you won’t have work the next day – as you could be up late.

“Looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquariids,” NASA states.

“In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

“Be patient – the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”

Learn more on the NASA website.

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