All Meteor Showers

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MonthPeak DayNameRadiantDescription
1 4 Quadrantids Bootes Very short lived shower, less that one day. Variable rate, but generally around 60 per hour. Speed 41 kps and bluish color.
1 16 Delta Cancrids west of Beehive Minor shower, rate about 4 per hour. Very swift.
1 18 Coma Berenicids near Coma star cluster Only one or two per hour, but among fastest meteors known 65 kps.
2 26 Delta Leonids midway in Leo's back February 5 to March 19 with peak in late February. 5 per hour at 24 kps.
3 4 Kappa Serpentids near Corona Borealis 4 or 5 per hour from April 1 to 7.
3 16 Corona-Australids 16 hr 20 min -48 deg. 5 to 7 per hour from March 14 to 18.
3 22 Camelopardalids No definite peak With only one per hour the slowest meteors at 7 kps.
3 22 March Geminids No definite peak Discovered in 1973 and confirmed in 1975. Rate generally about 40 per hour. Seem to be very slow meteors.
4 7 Delta Draconids near Cepheus border From March 28 to April 7. Slow meteors at about 5 per hour.
4 10 Virginids near Gamma in bowl of Virgo 20 per hour.
4 15 April Fireballs between Water Jar and Scutum From April 15 to 30 many bright bolides from Southeastern sky.
4 17 Sigma Leonids at Leo Virgo border Actually has moved into Virgo in recent years. Weak shower of 1 to 2 per hour.
4 22 Lyrids near Vega 15 per hour, bright and long lasting meteors. Parent body is Comet C/Thatcher (1861 G1).
4 25 Mu Virginids near Libra 7 to 10 per hour of medium speed meteors.
4 28 Alpha Bootids near Arcturus From April 14 to May 13. Slow meteors with fine trails.
5 1 Phi Bootids near Hercules From April 16 to May 12. 6 per hour.
5 3 Alpha Scorpiids near Antares From April 16 to May 9.
5 4 Eta Aquarids near Water Jar From April 21 to May 12. 21 per hour, yellow with bright trails. Comet Halley debris. Parent body is Comet 1P/Halley.
6 3 Tau Herculids near Corona Borealis About a month long, 15 per hour max, most quite faint.
6 5 Scorpiids near Ophiuchus 20 per hour with some fireballs.
6 7 Arietids no definite peak About 30 per hour. Slow moving with some fireballs.
6 13 Ophiuchids near Scorpius Only 3 per hour but fast moving bolides are common. Duration 25 days
6 16 June Lyrids near Vega Another part of May Lyrid meteor stream. 15 per hour, faint blue meteors.
6 20 Ophiuchids near Sagittarius Rate varies from 8 to 20, with occaisionally many more.
6 30 June Draconids near handle of Big Dipper Rate varies from 10 to 100 per hour. Pons-Winnecke Comet is parent.
7 28 Delta Aquarids near Capricornus 25 per hour, slow (24 kps) with yellow trails. Duration 40 days
7 30 Capricornids near Aquarius Tough to tell these from Delta Aquarids. 10 to 35 per hour with bolides.
8 10 Perseids near Double cluster 50 to 100 per hour, yellow with trails and bolides. The best modern dependable shower. Duration 5 days. Parent body is,Comet 103P/Swift-Tuttle.
8 20 Kappa Cygnids near Deneb 12 per hour with many fireballs. Duration 15 days.
8 31 Andromedids near Cassiopeia Occasionally spectacular, usually 20 per hour. Some red fireballs with trails. Biela's Comet is the parent body.
9 23 Alpha Aurigids near Capella 212 per hour, fast with trails.
10 7 Piscids near Aries 15 per hour at 28 kps.
10 9 Draconids near Hercules Spectacular when comet Giacobinni-Zinner passes near Earth. 200 per hour when comet is close is not uncommon, 1000 per hour sometimes. Parent body is,Comet 21P/Gicobini-Zinner.
10 20 Orionids near Taurus 30 per hour, fast (67 kps) often in colors with long trails. Duration 8 days. Parent body is Comet 1P/Halley.
11 5 Taurids near Pleaides 10 per hour with many fireballs. Debris from comet Encke. Duration 45 days. Parent body is Comet 2P/Encke.
11 12 Pegasids near Square From Oct. 10 to late Nov., 10 per hour, used to be spectacular.
11 17 Leonids near Sickle Most spectacular of modern showers. 1966 saw 500,000 per hour (140 per second). 20 per hour between 33 year shows, fastest known at 71 kps. Duration 4 days. Parent body is comet 55/P Temple-Tuttle.
12 10 Monocerids near Gemini 12 per hour.
12 11 Sigma Hydrids near Head 12 per hour, fast.
12 14 Geminids near Castor 60 per hour, many bright, white but few trails. Icarus, the Earth-crossing astroid seems to be the parent. Duration 6 days.Parent body is comet 3200 Phaethon.
12 14 Leo Minorids Leo Minor 10 per hour, somewhat faint.,Discovered by amateurs in 1971.
12 20 Delta Arietids Aries 12 per hour, must view in early evening, before radiant sets.
12 22 Ursids Little Dipper Bowl Medium speed, 20 per hour, many with bright trails. Duration 2 days. Parent body is comet 8P/Tuttle.
MonthPeak DayNameRadiantDescription