Venus and the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower
Venus maintains its tenure as this summer's "evening star." The unmistakeably bright second planet from the sun will be glowing in the western sky after sunset for another ten weeks or so. By November, Venus will have disappeared completely as an evening object, and will assume a prominent position in the eastern sky, visible only during the two or three hours before sunrise.
The Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower, typically one of the year's ten best showers, will be mostly spoiled this year by a coinciding full moon. The predicted peak for this shower is the wee hours of July 28, when despite the moon's glare, you might still see a handful of brighter meteors streak through the sky each hour.
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