List of meteor showers

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Table of meteor showers[edit]

Note: Dates are accurate for 2012 only. The dates will 'move' based upon the year in the Leap year cycle

Name Dates Peak RA Dec Speed
(km/s)
ZHR rating
Antihelion Source 10 Sep – 10 Dec multiple varies varies 30 4 faint
Quadrantids 28 Dec – 12 Jan 4 Jan 15 +49 41 120 bright
Daytime Capri.-Sagitt. 13 Jan – 29 Feb 2 Feb 21 −23 29 7
Alpha Centaurids 28 Jan – 21 Feb 8 Feb 14 −59 56 6 bright
Theta Centaurids 23 Jan – 12 Mar 10 Feb 15 −44 66 3
Gamma Normids 25 Feb – 22 Mar 14 Mar 16 −50 56 6 bright
Kappa Serpentids 1 – 7 Apr 5 Apr 15 +18 46 4
Virginids 22 Mar – 26 Apr 17 Apr 12 +10 20 5
Lyrids 16 – 25 Apr 22 Apr 18 +34 49 18 bright
Pi Puppids 15 – 28 Apr 23 Apr 7 −45 18 variable bright
Eta Aquariids 19 Apr – 28 May 5 May 23 −1 66 65 bright
Omega Cetids 5 May – 9 Jun 7 May 1 −7 38 8
Eta Lyrids 3 May – 14 May 8 May 19 +44 43 3 faint
Camelopardalids 23 May - 24 May 24 May 8 +79 19 2
Daytime May Arietids 4 May – 6 Jun 15 May 3 +18 28 4
Daytime Eps. Arietids 4 May – 6 Jun 15 May 3 +21 23 4
Alpha Scorpiids 21 Apr – 26 May 15 May 16 −29 33 3
South Omega Scorpiids 23 May – 15 Jun 31 May 17 −22 26 5
North Omega Scorpiids 23 May – 15 Jun 31 May 17 −15 23 5
Arietids 22 May – 2 Jul 7 Jun 3 +24 37 54
Daytime Zeta Perseids 20 May – 5 Jul 9 Jun 4 +28 27 20
June Lyrids[1] 11 – 21 Jun 16 Jun 19 +44 20 3
South June Aquilids 9 Jun – 2 Jul 16 Jun 19 −5 39 3
Pi Cetids 16 Jun – 4 Jul 26 Jun 2 −12 68 4
June Bootids 22 Jun – 2 Jul 27 Jun 15 +48 18 variable bright
Daytime Beta Taurids 5 Jun – 17 Jul 28 Jun 6 +24 31 10
Tau Aquariids 27 Jun – 6 Jul 28 Jun 23 −12 66 7
July Phoenicids 24 Jun – 18 Jul 12 Jul 2 −48 48 4
North Delta Aquariids 15 Jul – 25 Aug 26 Jul 23 0 42 4
Piscis Austrinids 15 Jul – 10 Aug 27 Jul 23 −30 35 5 faint
Southern Delta Aquariids 12 Jul – 23 Aug 29 Jul 23 −16 41 16 faint
Beta Cassiopeids 3 Jul – 19 Aug 29 Jul 24 59 52 10
Alpha Capricornids 3 Jul – 5 Aug 29 Jul 20 −10 23 5 bright
Eta Eridanids 3 – 14 Aug 9 Aug 3 −13 65 6
Perseids 17 Jul – 24 Aug 12 Aug 3 +58 59 100 bright
Kappa Cygnids 3 – 25 Aug 17 Aug 19 +59 25 3 faint
Gamma Doradids 27 Aug – 3 Sep 28 Aug 4 −50 42 5
Alpha Aurigids 28 Aug – 5 Sep 31 Aug 6 +39 66 6 bright
September Epsilon Perseids 5 – 21 Sep 9 Sep 3 +40 64 5 faint
Daytime Sextantids 26 Sep – 3 Oct 1 Oct 10 −2 33 20
Draconids 6 – 10 Oct 8 Oct 17 +54 20 variable medium
Southern Taurids 10 Sep – 20 Nov 10 Oct 2 +9 27 5 bright
Delta Aurigids 10 – 18 Oct 11 Oct 6 +44 64 2 faint
Epsilon Geminids 14 – 27 Oct 18 Oct 7 +27 70 3 faint
Orionids 2 Oct – 7 Nov 21 Oct 6 +16 66 25 bright
Leo Minorids 19 – 27 Oct 24 Oct 11 +37 62 2 faint
Northern Taurids 20 Oct – 10 Dec 12 Nov 4 +22 29 5 bright
Nov. Iota Aurigids 1 – 23 Nov 15 Nov 5 +33 36 8
Leonids 6 – 30 Nov 17 Nov 10 +22 71 15 bright
Alpha Monocerotids 15 – 25 Nov 21 Nov 8 +1 65 variable bright
Phoenicids 28 Nov – 9 Dec 6 Dec 1 −53 18 variable medium
Puppid-Velids 1 – 15 Dec multiple 8 −45 40 10 medium
Monocerotids 27 Nov – 17 Dec 8 Dec 7 +8 42 2 faint
Sigma Hydrids 3 – 15 Dec 11 Dec 8 +2 58 3 faint
Geminids 7 – 17 Dec 13 Dec 7 +33 35 120 medium
Comae Berenicids 12 – 23 Dec 15 Dec 12 +18 65 3 faint
Dec. Leonis Minorids 5 Dec – 4 Feb 19 Dec 11 +30 64 5 faint
Ursids 17 – 26 Dec 23 Dec 14 +76 33 10 faint

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

This list of meteor streams and peak activity times is based on data from the International Meteor Organization while most of the parent body associations are from Gary W. Kronk book, Meteor Showers: A Descriptive Catalog, Enslow Publishers, New Jersey, ISBN 0-89490-071-4, and from Peter Jenniskens's book, "Meteor Showers and Their Parent Comets", Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, ISBN 9780521853491.

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Further reading[edit]

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2009

2011

2012

2013

2013 Meteor Shower Calendar