Meteor Showers

Quadrantids – First meteor shower of every year, usually occurring between the last week of December and January 12. It peaks around January 3 and January 4, and is best seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The radiant point for the Quandrantids lies in the constellation Boötes, close to the Big Dipper.

Lyrids – The radiant point of the Lyrids lie in the constellation Lyra. This meteor shower occurs between April 16 to April 26th of every year, peaking around April 22nd-23rd, and can best be seen from the Southern Hemisphere.

Eta Aquarids – The next major meteor shower of year, the Eta Aquarids, occurs between late April and mid May, peaking around May 5-6. It is best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, though observers in the Northern Hemisphere can also enjoy a sparser display. Meteoroids in the Eta Aquarids are actually remnants from Halley’s Comet. The radiant for this shower lies in the constellation Aquarius.

Perseid – The Perseid shower occurs in mid August, reaching peak activity around August 11-13. Its radiant lies in the constellation Perseus, and is associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Draconid – The Draconid shower, occurs early October, peaking around October 7-8. The name of this shower comes from the constellation Draco the Dragon.

Orionid – The Orionid shower, which is also associated with debris from Halley’s comet, occurs late October, peaking around October 21-22. The name of this shower comes from the constellation Orion.

Leonids – Occur during the month of November, usually peaking around mid-November. It is associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle and is named after the constellation, Leo.

Geminids and Ursids – The month of December is good for meteor shower watchers, with the Geminids gracing the skies in early December, peaking around December 13-14, and the Ursids that peak around December 22-23. The Geminids owes its name to the constellation Gemini and are the only major meteor shower that is not associated with a comet, but with an asteroid. Ursids on the other hand get their name from the constellation Ursa Minor.

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