Meteor Showers

Astrophotos: Views of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

by Nancy Atkinson July 30, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Did those of you in the northern hemisphere have a chance to look for the Delta Aquarid meteors? Ever-faithful astronomer and astrophotographer John Chumack captured this view overnight from his observatory near Dayton, Ohio. Can you see the two meteors in […]

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Watch for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Weekend

by David Dickinson July 26, 2013

The meteor shower drought ends this weekend. The northern summer hemisphere meteor season is almost upon us. In a few weeks’ time, the Perseids — the “Old Faithful” of meteor showers — will be gracing night skies worldwide. But the Perseids have an “opening act”- a meteor shower optimized for southern hemisphere skies known as […]

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Observing Alert: Rare Meteor Shower May ‘Outburst’ on June 11

by Bob King June 10, 2013

Back on June 11, 1930 three members of the American Meteor Society (AMS) in Maryland saw a half-hour-long bright outburst of meteors from the little constellation Delphinus the Dolphin. No one had predicted the shower, but it came out of nowhere and hasn’t been seen since. Attempts to catch a repeat performance in subsequent years met with […]

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June Arietids – The Invisible Meteor Shower You Just Might See

by Bob King June 6, 2013

I’ve never seen an Arietid meteor and chances are you haven’t either. Peaking on June 7-8, the Arietid (AIR-ee-uh-tid) meteor shower is one of the strongest of the year with a maximum rate of 50-80 per hour. But there’s a rub. The shower radiant, the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to radiate, is […]

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Watch for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower this Weekend

by David Dickinson April 30, 2013

An often ignored meteor shower may offer fine prospects for viewing this weekend. The Eta Aquarid meteors provide a dependable display in early May. With a radiant very near a Y-shaped asterism in northern Aquarius, the Eta Aquarids are one of the very few major showers that provide a decent annual show for southern hemisphere […]

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