Meteor Shower Reminder

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  1. Econ

    Econ Well-Known Member

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    August Meteor Shower
    The Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers of the year. They occur every year between July 17 and August 24 and tend to peak around August 9-13.

    Predicted peak this year 12/13

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    Edit: Executive decisions made. It is calculated that serious astronomers don't need to be reminded so this is aimed at the more causal observer. THe thread name will get to the meat of the subject without clicking on it. Causal observers aren't interested in low number showers so this will be about the higher number showers. Considerations will be given to the warmer months.
     
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    peak observing on the morning of the 12th this year is what I was seeing online.
     
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    Three years ago we watched the Perseids from our campsite in Colorado. It was pitch dark. Several nights DW and I laid back in our zero-gravity chairs enjoyed the show.

    We'll be camping this weekend. Hoping for clear skies.
     
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    west coast wildfires are on track to impair the viewing via smokey haze over our two fave viewing locations on the east side of the Sierras
     
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    Should be a good one. Waxing crescent moon will set early leaving a very dark sky, if you're in the right place.
     
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    all our favorite sites had bad forecasts, so we stayed home, and arose at 3 a.m. to an overcast sky :-(
     
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    All our fave sites are still forecast for (wildfire ) haze or cloud cover. Including our hot tub in the back yard.
     
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    [​IMG] Next Peak night
    Oct 20-21, 2021
    Orionids
    Currently active
    Active from September 26th to November 22nd, 2021
    The Orionids are a medium strength shower that sometimes reaches high strength activity. In a normal year the Orionids produce 10-20 shower members at maximum. In exceptional years, such as 2006-2009, the peak rates were on par with the Perseids (50-75 per hour). Recent displays have produced low to average displays of this shower.

    Shower details - Radiant: 06:21 +15.6° - ZHR: 20 - Velocity: 41 miles/sec (swift - 66km/sec) - Parent Object: 1P/Halley

    Next Peak - The Orionids will next peak on the Oct 20-21, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 100% full.
     
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    Southern Taurids
    Currently active
    Active from September 28th to December 2nd, 2021
    The Southern Taurids are a long-lasting shower that several peaks during its activity period. The shower is active for more than two months but rarely produces more than five shower members per hour, even at maximum activity. The Taurids (both branches) are rich in fireballs and are often responsible for increased number of fireball reports from September through November.

    Shower details - Radiant: 03:35 +14.4° - ZHR: 5 - Velocity: 17.2 miles/sec (slow - 27.7km/sec) - Parent Object: 2P/Encke

    Next Peak - The Southern Taurids will next peak on the Nov 4-5, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 0% full.

    [​IMG] Next Peak night
    Nov 11-12, 2021
    Northern Taurids
    Currently active
    Active from October 13th to December 2nd, 2021
    This shower is much like the Southern Taurids, just active a bit later in the year. When the two showers are active simultaneously in late October and early November, there is sometimes a notable increase in the fireball activity. There seems to be a seven year periodicity with these fireballs. 2008 and 2015 both produced remarkable fireball activity. 2022 may be the next opportunity.

    Shower details - Radiant: 03:55 +22.8° - ZHR: 5 - Velocity: 18 miles/sec (slow - 30km/sec) - Parent Object: 2P/Encke

    Next Peak - The Northern Taurids will next peak on the Nov 11-12, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 55% full.

    [​IMG] Next Peak night
    Nov 17-18, 2021
    Leonids
    Next period of activity: November 3rd, 2021 to December 2nd, 2021
    The Leonids are best known for producing meteor storms in the years of 1833, 1866, 1966, 1999, and 2001. These outbursts of meteor activity are best seen when the parent object, comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, is near perihelion (closest approach to the sun). Yet it is not the fresh material we see from the comet, but rather debris from earlier returns that also happen to be most dense at the same time. Unfortunately, it appears that the earth will not encounter any dense clouds of debris until 2099. Therefore, when the comet returns in 2031 and 2064, there will be no meteor storms, but perhaps several good displays of Leonid activity when rates are in excess of 100 per hour. The best we can hope for now until the year 2030 is peaks of around 15 shower members per hour and perhaps an occasional weak outburst when the earth passes near a debris trail. The Leonids are often bright meteors with a high percentage of persistent trains.

    Shower details - Radiant: 10:17 +21.6° - ZHR: 15 - Velocity: 43.5 miles/sec (swift - 70km/sec) - Parent Object: 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

    Next Peak - The Leonids will next peak on the Nov 17-18, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 98% full.
     
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    [​IMG] Next Peak night
    Dec 13-14, 2021
    Geminids
    Next period of activity: November 19th, 2021 to December 24th, 2021
    The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13 and 14 on their calendars. This is the one major shower that provides good activity prior to midnight as the constellation of Gemini is well placed from 22:00 onward. The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored. Due to their medium-slow velocity, persistent trains are not usually seen. These meteors are also seen in the southern hemisphere, but only during the middle of the night and at a reduced rate.

    Shower details - Radiant: 07:24 +32.3° - ZHR: 150 - Velocity: 21 miles/sec (medium - 34km/sec) - Parent Object: 3200 Phaethon (asteroid)

    Next Peak - The Geminids will next peak on the Dec 13-14, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 78% full.
     
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    Meteor Shower/Lunar eclipse

    Meteor shower this weds/Thurs
    99% coverage partial lunar eclipse peaking Friday morning a 3:03 AM
    busy week
     

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