Annual meteor showers

Quadrantids meteor shower radiantA list of famous meteor showers:

Quadrantids meteor shower is active between December 28 and January 12 (peak January 3-4). Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Bootes.

Alpha Centaurids meteor shower rate is About 6 meteors/hour but can peak at up to 25/hour. Produces bright, fast meteors. Active Jan 28 to Feb 21 . A sometimes major southern shower.

Lyrids meteor shower radiantLyrid meteor shower is active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak April 22/23.

Eta Aquarid meteor shower is active from April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 30 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere observing after midnight.

Perseid meteor shower is active from July 17 to August 24 (peak August 12/13). Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour) many with persistent trains.

Orionid meteor shower arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (66 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion’s club asterism. Observe after midnight on night of 21/22.

Orionid meteor shower radiantTaurid (north) meteor shower meteors often appear slow moving (28 km/sec) with the occasional very bright fireball. Shower possess maximum hourly rate near 7. The Northern Taurids are active from October 12 to December 2. Maximum is also of long duration and extends over November 4-7

Leonid meteor shower arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Produces very fast meteors (71 km/sec). The Leonids generally begin on November 13 and end on November 21, with maximum generally occurring during the night of Novemer 17/18. Expect 10 to 15 meteors per hour under dark skies. Best viewed after midnight.

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