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 Lyrids Meteor Shower
(posted Jan14, 2018)

 

The next major meteor shower of the year will be the Lyrids, starting around April 18. I'll write more on this event when that date draws near.


2018 Major Meteor Showers (Class I)




Shower Radiant/Direction Activity Period Max Date # per hr* Comet
Quadrantids (QUA)** Draco (NE) Jan 1-Jan 12 Jan 04 60 to100 2003 EH
Lyrids (LYR) Lyra (E) Apr 18-Apr 25 Apr 22 10 to 20 Thatcher
Eta Aquarids (ETA)** Aquarius (E) Apr 24-May 19 May 06 20 to 60 Halley
Delta Aquarids (SDA)** Aquarius (S) Jul 21-Aug 23 Jul 29 17 96P/Machholz
Perseids (PER) Perseus (NE) Jul 13-Aug 26 Aug 13 60 - 100 Swift-Tuttle
Orionids (ORI)** Orion (SE) Aug 25-Nov 19 Oct 21 15 Halley
Southern Taurid (STA) Taurus (S) Sept 8 -Nov 20 Nov 5 5 to 10 2P/Encke
Leonids (LEO)** Leo (E)** Nov 5-Dec 03 Nov 18 10 to 20 Temple-Tuttle
Geminids (GEM) Gemini (S) Nov 30-Dec 17 Dec 14 95 to 120 3200 Phaethon?
Ursids (URS)** Ursa Minor (N) Dec 17-Dec 24 Dec 22 10 8P/Tuttle

*# per hour is for a moonless rural sky/** Strong moonlight will interfere with these showers in 2018

 

There are meteor showers taking place every day/night of the year, but many are hard to see. The meteor showers listed above are the easiest to observe and provide the most activity. Particular attention should be noted to the time and moonlight conditions. All of these showers are best seen after midnight. Some are not even visible until after midnight. Showers that peak with the moon at half or more full will be affected by the moonlight and difficult to observe. While the time each shower is best seen remains much the same year after year, the moonlight conditions change considerably from one year to the next.

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