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Aquarids




Either of two distinct meteor showers with a radiant in the constellation Aquarius. The Eta Aquarids are observed between about Apr. 28 and May 21, peaking around May 5 or 6. This is a fine southern shower, associated with Halley's Comet. Typival meteor velocity is 67 km (42 mi) per second. The radiant is at RA 22h 20m, Dec. -1°.

The Delta Aquarids occur between Jul. 14 and Aug. 18, peaking on Jul. 29 and Aug. 7. Meteor velocity is about 42 km (26 mi) per second. The radiant is double, the two components lying at RA 22h 36m, Dec. -17° and RA 23h 04m, Dec. +2°.


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