If you want to see the Delta Aquarids meteor shower from Hawaii you need to stay up late in 2012. The bright almost full moon that outshines all but the brightest shooting stars sets a few hours after midnight, and leaves only a few dark hours for meteor watching. Your best chances to see this meteor shower lie in the wee morning hours of July 30th, between 04:00 a.m. and 05:00 a.m.
If you wait two weeks you can watch the far more promising Perseids meteor shower, which has a predicted activity of 100 (!!) shooting stars / hour.
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Best times to see the Delta Aquarids from Hawaii in 2012
The Delta Aquarids are a meteor shower of average activity. During the peak one can see up to 15-20 shooting stars per hour, but only if the viewing conditions are optimal. This year that will only happen in the few hours between moonset and sunrise.
This means that the 2012 Delta Aquarids are reserved for night owls or (very) early risers. The best time to see this years shooting stars is very early (between 04:00 and 05:00 am) on the morning of July 30th.
Where are the Delta Aquarids in the Hawaiian sky?
The radiant (= point from which all shooting stars seem to originate) of the Delta Aquarids lies in the constellation Aquarius (the water bearer). On Hawaii, this radiant is almost directly overhead at 03:00 am, and moves slowly in the South Western direction in the hours before sunrise. You can use the following sky map to find where you should look on the sky to see most shooting stars. More meteor shower viewing tips.
Extra Stargazing tip: Venus and Jupiter
While you are looking for shooting stars you should turn your eyes to the Eastern Horizon. In the early hours you can see the planets Jupiter and Venus as the two brightest points above the eastern horizon. If you take your binoculars try to see how many moons you can see around Jupiter.