Saturday, January 14, 2012

Major Meteor Showers


Major Meteor Showers
Meteor showers are very easy to observe, especially if they occur on a clear night with little interference from the Moon. Amateur astronomers can keep track of the number of meteors that they observe and contribute to official estimates of the peak number of meteors and the time at which the shower peaks.
Meteor Shower
Dates
Peak
Peak Rate
Constellation
Parent Body

Quadrantids
December 28
to January 7
January 3
and 4
45 to 200
Bo├Âtes
unknown
Lyrids
April 16 to 25
April 20
and 21
10 to 100
Lyra
Comet
Thatcher
Eta Aquarids
April 21 to
May 12
May 5th
20 to 50
Aquarius
Halley's
Comet
Southern Delta
Aquarids
July 14 to
August 18
July 29th
15 to 20
Aquarius
unknown
Alpha
Capricornids
July 15 to
September 11
August 1st
6 to 14
Capricornus
unknown
Southern Iota
Aquarids
July 1 to
September 18
August 6th
7 to 8
Aquarius
unknown
Northern Iota
Aquarids
August 11 to
September 10
August 25th
5 to 10
Aquarius
unknown
Perseids
July 23 to
August 22
August 12
and 13
80 to 200
Perseus
Comet
Swift-Tuttle
Orionids
October 15
to 29
October 21
and 22
20
Orion
Halley's
Comet
Leonids
November 14
to 20
November 17th
10 to 5000
Leo
Comet
Temple-Tuttle
Geminids
December 6
to 19
December 13
and 14
80
Gemini
Asteroid 3200
Phaethon

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