The shower originated from the breakup of what are now the Marsden and Kracht Sungrazing comets. The Delta Aquariids get their name because their radiant appears to lie in the constellation Aquarius, near one of the constellation’s brightest stars, Delta Aquarii (in the right ankle or shin of Water-Bearer), widely known as ’Skat’ among astrologers (see zoomable chartwheel). By George Noonan, this ’fixed star’ gives good fortune and lasting happiness and also it is said to indicate safety in a deluge. Ancient Chinese actrologers knew it as ’Yu Lin Keun’, the ’Imperial Guard’.
The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. This year, the crescent moon leaves dark skies for what should be a good early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Though meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, they can appear anywhere in the sky.