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Dueling meteor showers to light up sky Monday night

The American Meteor Society predicts around 20 to 25 meteors per hour.
Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Astronomers observe the night sky for the Perseid meteor shower at an observatory near the village of Avren east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. The annual meteor shower is promising to put on a dazzling sky show. Astronomers say up to 100 meteors per hour are expected to streak across the sky during the shower's peak. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

Two dueling meteor showers will occur Monday night.

Both the Southern delta Aquariids and the alpha Capricornids will have peak showers late on Monday and during the early hours Tuesday.

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According to the American Meteor Society, the Southern delta Aquariids are best seen in the southern tropics with faint meteors that lack both persistent trains and fireballs.

On the other hand, Alpha Capricornids is a weak shower with bright fireballs in the sky. The shower can be seen on either side of the equator. 

The AMS predicts around 20 to 25 meteors per hour.

Spectators in dark areas should also be able to see the glow of the Milky Way.