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Dueling meteor showers to peak Monday night, up to 25 meteors per hour possible

From a total solar eclipse to spectacular views of Saturn, July has featured a wide range of astronomical events. And on Monday night, the month will conclude with the first meteor shower in nearly three months.

Not one, but two meteor showers will peak on the night of Monday, July 29, into the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 30: The southern Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids. This will be the first time since the Eta Aquarids in early May that meteors have rained down from the heavens.

A combination of 20 to 25 meteors will be visible per hour, as long as clouds do not interfere with viewing conditions.

Millions of skygazers in the eastern United States will step outside on Monday night to see mainly cloud-free conditions for the peak of the showers. However, those in bigger cities, such as Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta, will need to head to darker areas away from the light pollution that will hamper viewing conditions.

Mainly clear conditions are also on tap for most of the central and western U.S., while rain, thunderstorms and clouds will obscure the sky across the Great Lakes and parts of Arizona and New Mexico. (source)

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