Fountain Hills may be light on activities at this time of year, but the sky is always offering something fascinating. Our community is unique in the Phoenix Metro area in that we have been designated a Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association. Check out these two great viewing experiences over the next week:
DELTA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER
This average shower can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower can be seen annually from July 12 to August 23, but it peaks this year on the night of July 28 and the morning of July 29. The best time for viewing will be after midnight. Although meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, they will radiate from the constellation Aquarius. Download an astronomy app like SkyView and head outside for a beautiful show.
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Maybe you’re like many people who think this term has something to do with the temperature being so hot that even the dogs are miserable. In reality, it has to do with astronomy. To the Greeks and Romans, the “Dog Days” took place around the time the star Sirius appeared just before sunrise in the eastern sky in late July. The Egyptians thought it merged with the sun to make the days hotter every year, just in time for the annual flooding of the Nile River. Sirius, also known as the Dog Star, is the brightest star in the sky, located in the constellation Canis Major, or Big Dog. Learn more about Sirius HERE.
To learn more about our local Dark Sky Community designation, CLICK HERE.
To learn more about the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club, CLICK HERE.