The summer most prominent meteor shower the Perseids is in mid august, however, a less famous meteor shower is at the end of the month of July, and the start of August. The name of this shower is Southern Delta Aquariids, also known as Delta Aquarids.
Delta Aquarids meteor shower radiant (or its source) is at the constellation Aquarius. The constellation is located in the southern direction in the night sky.
The best time to observe the meteor shower is a couple of hours before Sunrise where the location of the radiant is nearly at its peak from the horizon.
This location of the night sky features a list of other meteor showers that span in different times throughout the year.
The source of this particular meteor shower is believed to be from an old single piece comet that broke a part to be Marsden and Kracht comets. These two comets type is Sun grazing comet. This type of comets usually gets really close to the sun at its lowest point (the perihelion) of its orbit.
There are many other Sun grazing comets that have similar orbital characteristic come from the same source and the majority of them listed as Kreutz group. The space craft SOHO discovered a lot of them.
The view from the eastern horizon.
This summer Delta Aquarids meteor shower featured a moonless night, which is a great condition to observe such event. Sadly, from my location on Earth, this year, the weather didn’t cooperate, and it was cloudy for several nights which prevented the observation.
This wasn’t really bad to the residents of California State, since the state is having the most severe drought in record.
Constellation Cassiopeia between the clouds.
The clouds reflecting light pollution from Santa Clarita town, CA.
Both nights of the 28th, and the 29th had many clouds from my locations of Santa Susana pass, and Castaic Lake.
The night of 1st, and 2nd of August featured a less frequent meteor shower called Alpha Capricornids. The radiant source of this shower is the constellation Capricornus.
Both constellations the Capricornus and the Aquarius can be located using the relatively bright star Fomalhout, which is an Arabic name that translates literary as the mouth of the whale. (Fom = mouth, al = the, hout = whale)
The North West horizon.
The observations of those nights were also covered by clouds, and the marine layer, and no meteors were observed.
The next major meteor shower, the Perseids, will be in a full moon night. This meteor shower is strong, and from personal experience, I won’t miss the event even if observation were made in a light polluted area.
Santa Susana Pass/Castaic Lake, California.
July 28th to August 2nd