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Meteor shower calendar



EventsDateDescription
Quadrantid meteor shower3-4 Jan

Quadrantid meteor shower will be peaked on 3rd and 4th January but it will be visible on 1-5 January. One can see upto 40 meteors per hour. Meteors seems to radiate from the constellation Bootes, close to the North Star. Usually, upto 40 meteors per hour is visible during peak. In 1932, the Quadrantid meteor shower showed maximum activity with 80 meteors per hour.

Lyrid meteor shower21-22 Apr

Lyrid is a medium intensity meteor shower. It usually produces about 20 meteors per hour in its peak. The shower will peak on 21-22 April but some meteors will be visible between 16 to 25th April. There will be no moon during night, so it will be ideal to watch the show. Meteors seems to radiate from the constellation Lyra.

Eta Aquarid meteor shower5-6 May

Eta Aquarid is a low intensity meteor shower. It usually produces about 10 meteors per hour in its peak. The shower will peak on 5-6 May. Meteors seems to radiate from the constellation Aquarius.

South Delta Aquarids meteor shower28-29th Jul

This is a medium intensity meteor shower with about 20 meteors per hour at peak. These meteors will come out from constellation Aquarius.

Perseid meteor shower12-13th Aug

Perseids are one of the strong meteor showers. It produce up to 60 meteors per hour at peak hours. Radiant point of this shower is in the constellation Perseus.These meteors originate from the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle.

Orionid meteor shower21-22 Oct

Orionid is a medium intensity meteor shower and one can see about 25 meteors per hour.

Leonids meteor shower17-18th Nov

Annual event of Leonid meteor shower can be seen on 16-17th November. Leonid meteor shower is visible towards the constellation Leo, the Lion. During Leonid meteor shower, Earth will pass through a stream of debris which is left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Geminids meteor shower13-14th Dec

Geminids meteor shower is a strong meteor shower. Annual event of Geminids meteor shower take place on 13-14th December but some meteors will be visible between 6 to 19th December. For many observers, geminid is the best meteor shower. It can produce 60-80 meteors per hour at its peak.

Ursids meteor shower22-23 Dec

Ursids meteor shower is a medium intensity meteor shower. Ursids meteor shower peaks on 22-23 December. It usually produces 5-10 meteors per hour but occasionally it can produce about 100 meteors per hour.

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