Stargazers and astronomers are getting ready for one of the biggest meteor event of all times as the annual Perseid meteor shower will coincide with the Delta Aquarid meteor shower causing a magnificent cosmic traffic jam.
With its origin in the distant constellation Perseus, the Perseid meteor shower has been observed for over 2000 years visible from Mid-July every year.
However, it is only during August that Perseids peak when the rate of meteors reaches more than 60 per hour.
This year, the cosmic event will be magnified as Perseids' lesser known cousin; Delta Aquarid is expected to peak tonight to produce a combined 15 and 30 shooting stars per hour under clear, dark skies.
"While the moon is set to be an unpleasant guest for the Perseid peak, skywatchers are not out of luck as the Delta Aquarids could be one of the best meteor showers of the year,"National Geographic quoted Raminder Singh Samra, astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, Canada stating.
Both the meteor showers are caused by slamming of Earth's atmosphere into clouds of sand grain-size particles shed by orbiting comets. These particles then enter the atmosphere at high speeds (above 93,200 miles per hour) to burn up in a fleeting streak of light.
Check out the amazing visuals of Delta Aquarid and Perseid meteor showers throughout the years.