List of meteor showers

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Table of meteor showers[edit]

Note: Dates are accurate for 2015.[1] The dates will 'move' based upon the year in the Leap year cycle. Also, this list includes showers with radiants in both the northern and southern hemispheres. There is some overlap, but generally showers whose radiants have positive declinations are best seen from the northern hemisphere, and those with negative declinations are best observed from the southern hemisphere.

Name Dates
(as of 2015)
Peak
(as of 2015)
RA Dec Speed
(km/s)
ZHR rating parent body[2]
Antihelion Source 10 Dec – 10 Sep 000000002015-04-01-0000 multiple varies varies 30 4 medium
Quadrantids 28 Dec – 12 Jan 3 Jan 15 +49 41 120 bright 2003 EH1 ?
Daytime Capri.-Sagitt. 13 Jan – 4 Feb 1 Feb 20 −15 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
Chi Capricornids 29 Jan – 28 Feb 13 Feb 21 −24
Gamma Normids 25 Feb – 22 Mar 14 Mar 16 −50 56 6 bright
Kappa Serpentids 1 Apr – 7 Apr 5 Apr 15 +18 46 4
Virginids 22 Mar – 26 Apr 17 Apr 12 +10 20 5
April Piscids 8 Apr – 29 Apr 20 Apr 0 +7
Lyrids 16 Apr – 25 Apr 22 Apr 18 +34 49 18 bright C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)
Pi Puppids 15 Apr – 28 Apr 23 Apr 7 −45 18 variable bright 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup
Delta Piscids 24 Apr – 24 Apr 24 Apr 1 +12
Eta Aquariids 19 Apr – 28 May 6 May 23 −1 66 55 bright 1P/Halley
Omega Cetids 5 May – 9 Jun 7 May 1 −7 38 8
Eta Lyrids 3 May – 14 May 8 May 19 +44 43 3 medium
Daytime Eps. Arietids 24 Apr – 27 May 9 May 3 +21 23 4
Daytime May Arietids 4 May – 6 Jun 16 May 3 +18 28 4
Omicron Cetids 5 May – 2 Jun 20 May 2 −4
Camelopardalids 23 May - 24 May 24 May 8 +79 19 2
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 1566 Icarus ?
Daytime Zeta Perseids 20 May – 5 Jul 9 Jun 4 +23 27 20
June Lyrids[3] 11 Jun – 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 +19 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 28 Jul 23 −30 35 5 faint
Southern Delta Aquariids 12 Jul – 23 Aug 30 Jul 23 −16 41 16 faint
Beta Cassiopeids 3 Jul – 19 Aug 29 Jul 24 59 52 10
Alpha Capricornids 3 Jul – 15 Aug 30 Jul 20 −10 23 5 bright
Eta Eridanids 3 Aug – 14 Aug 9 Aug 3 −13 65 6
Perseids 17 Jul – 24 Aug 13 Aug 3 +58 59 100 bright 109P/Swift-Tuttle
Kappa Cygnids 3 Aug – 25 Aug 18 Aug 19 +59 25 3 medium
Gamma Leonids 14 Aug – 12 Sep 25 Aug 10 +20
Gamma Doradids 27 Aug – 3 Sep 28 Aug 4 −50 42 5
Alpha Aurigids 28 Aug – 5 Sep 1 Sep 6 +39 66 6 bright
September Epsilon Perseids 5 Sep – 21 Sep 9 Sep 3 +40 64 5 medium
Daytime Sextantids 9 Sep – 9 Oct 27 Sep 10 0 33 20
Draconids 6 Oct – 10 Oct 8 Oct 17 +54 20 variable medium 21P/Giacobini-Zinner
Southern Taurids 10 Sep – 20 Nov 10 Oct 2 +9 27 5 bright Comet Encke
Delta Aurigids 10 Oct – 18 Oct 11 Oct 6 +44 64 2 medium
Epsilon Geminids 14 Oct – 27 Oct 18 Oct 7 +27 70 3 medium C/1964 N1 (Ikeya)
Orionids 2 Oct – 7 Nov 21 Oct 6 +16 66 20 bright 1P/Halley
Leo Minorids 19 Oct – 27 Oct 24 Oct 11 +37 62 2 medium
Northern Taurids 20 Oct – 10 Dec 12 Nov 4 +22 29 5 bright Comet Encke
Nov. Iota Aurigids 1 Nov – 23 Nov 15 Nov 5 +33 36 8
Leonids 6 Nov – 30 Nov 17 Nov 10 +22 71 15 bright 55P/Tempel–Tuttle
Alpha Monocerotids 15 Nov – 25 Nov 21 Nov 8 +1 65 variable bright
Phoenicids 28 Nov – 9 Dec 6 Dec 1 −53 18 variable medium 289P/Blanpain
Puppid-Velids 1 Dec – 15 Dec 000000002015-12-07-0000 multiple 8 −45 40 10 medium
Monocerotids 27 Nov – 17 Dec 9 Dec 7 +8 42 2 medium C/1917 F1 (Mellish)
Sigma Hydrids 3 Dec – 15 Dec 12 Dec 8 +2 58 3 medium
Geminids 4 Dec – 17 Dec 14 Dec 7 +33 35 120 medium 3200 Phaethon
Comae Berenicids 12 Dec – 23 Dec 16 Dec 12 +18 65 3 medium
Dec. Leonis Minorids 5 Dec – 4 Feb 20 Dec 11 +30 64 5 medium
Ursids 17 Dec – 26 Dec 22 Dec 14 +76 33 10 medium 8P/Tuttle
Zeta Aurigids[4] 14 Dec – 16 Jun 13 Jan 77.5 +39.3 14.2

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.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 meteor calendar". International Meteor Organization. 
  2. ^ "Meteor Streams". NASA. 
  3. ^ A June Lyrids web page by Meteorshowersonline.com
  4. ^ Kronk, Gary W. (2014). Meteor Showers An Annotated Catalog (2014, 2nd ed.). New York, NY: Imprint: Springer. ISBN 978-1-4614-7896-6. 

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