The weather forecast for most of Montana this week looks like sunny skies, at least as long as there are clouds. Smoke from a fire may be another situation. If you happen to get a glimpse of the sky this week, you’ll likely see some big meteor showers this week.
Let’s hope the skies in Montana are smoke free
The Old Farmers Almanac says there will be a “Percido meteor shower” this week. It will start raining this week, with the rain peaking in mid-August. According to the calendar, this year’s showers will be more visible than last year due to the position of the moon.
Unlike 2022, this year should be a good year for the Perseids thanks to the moon phases. At its peak, it will be a waning crescent, so the Moon will be very bright and will not wash out the shooting stars.
Little-known ‘Aquarius Delta meteor shower’ could be seen in Montana
There’s a little-known meteor shower called the Delta Aquarius meteor shower, which peaks this weekend on July 29th and 30th. According to earthsky.org, the Aquarius Delta meteor shower usually occurs in the Southern Hemisphere, but this year it may be visible to Northern Hemisphere Montanas as the moonless morning comes this week.
Here are some of the best stargazing locations around Missoula
If you’re planning on stargazing in the Missoula area, here are some of the best places to see the sky. One of the keys to stargazing, regardless of where you look, is to avoid light pollution and try to go to dark areas. Increase your chances of seeing these amazing exhibits in the skies of Montana. Also, let’s hope the smoke from the wildfires doesn’t block the view.