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Meteor Showers

January to December

January 3-4

Quadrantids:

This shower peaks on the night of the 3rd and early morning of the 4th. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

April 22-23

Lyrids:

This shower peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

May 10-11

Eta Aquarids:

This shower is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

July 28-29

Delta Aquarids:

This shower is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

August 12-13

Perseids:

The shooting stars of the Perseid meteor shower, are the most numerous and brightest of the year. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

October 8

Draconids:

This shower is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 8th. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

October 21-22

Orionids:

It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

November 4-5

Taurids:

This shower is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 5. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

November 17-18

Leonids:

The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

December 13-14

Geminids Meteor Shower:

It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waning crescent moon will be no match for the Geminids this year. The skies should still be dark enough for an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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