Beyond Perseid


Perseids peak tonight. Perhaps you were able to ponder their magic, and want more, or sadly missed out and want some. Either way, Perseid is not the only show in town. Its well known because it occurs in  summer, and has an impressive number of meteors per hour. The Quadrantids, January 1 – 6, peaking on the 3 and 4th is the most prolific, based on meteors per hour at the peak. They originate from a comet recently named 2003EH1, and boast 10 more meteors per hour than Perseid.

April 19 – 24, brings the Lyrids, from Comet Thatcher, they peak on the 22nd with a paltry 12 an hour.

May 1 – 8 is the Eta-Aquards, appearing from the constellation Aquarius, courtesy Halley’s Comet. They peak May 5 – 6 at 45 per hour.

June Lyrids are from the 10 – 21, you might hardly notice them with 9 per hour. their source is not known.

July 15 – August 15 is the Southern Delta Aquarids. Coming from Aquarius near the star Delta, they peak July 28 – 29 at 19 per hour.

Oct. 16 – 26 the Orionids, peaking on the 21st at 25 per hour.

Nov. 4 – 7 the Taurids from Comet Encke, 8 per hour.

Nov. 15 – 19 is the Leonids, appearing from constellation Leo, courtesy Temple-Tuttle Comet, about 10 per hour.

Dec. 7 – 15 the Geminids peaking on the 13 – 14th with a substantial 80 an hour. This shower is the only one resulting from asteroid debris.

Finally the Ursids, Dec. 17 – 24, from Comet Tuttle, with 9 an hour….

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Photo from spaceweather.com