To culminate or peak during the pre-dawn hours of July 29th this year, the annual meteor shower known as the “Delta Aquarid” is poised to be one of, if not the best, natural summer light shows.
Though the Perseid meteor shower of early to mid-August normally claims the title of “best summer show” due to its consistency and sheer “meteor volume” (upwards of up to 50 meteors an hour) scientists and astronomers say the full moon scheduled for August 13th, 2011 will cause a notable reduction in visible “falling stars.”
Therefore, some night sky watchers will be checking out the Delta Aquarid show instead, which can produce up to 20 visible meteors an hour during its prime on a dark night. What’s more is that falling stars from the Delta Aquarid and the early half of Perseid meteor showers are expected to cross paths throughout the first weeks of August as well.
Though the best times to catch the showers in full swing will be in the wee hours of the morning before the sun comes up, meteors can be observed in skies with little to no light pollution as early as midnight. Though meteors are expected throughout the end of the month and up until August 13th, the Delta Aquarid is—as mentioned before—expected to undergo its relative peak on July 29th (technically the early morning hours of July 30th).
Meteors in the showings will emanate from the southern part of the sky and can be best seen in low light rural areas. Photos of the bright, but often times slow moving meteors can be captured in low light areas by using a tripod, an "infinity" lens/focus setting, and a long shutter speed (the longer you can keep the shutter open the better).