Some of the More Important Annual Meteor Showers

This list includes only a few of the many annual showers. The dates given for the beginnings and ends of the showers are only approximate.

Name

Beginning

End

Naked-eye star near radiant

Remarks

QUADRANTIDS

Jan. 3

Jan. 5

Beta Bootis

Usually a sharp

maximum, Jan. 4.

LYRIDS

Apr. 19

Apr. 22

Nu Herculis

Moderate shower.

Swift meteors.

ETA AQUARIDS

April 21

May 12

Eta Aquarii

Long paths; very swift.

DELTA

July 15

Aug. 10

Delta Aquarii

Moderate shower.

AQUARIDS

PERSEIDS

July 27

Aug. 17

Eta Persei

A rich shower.

Meteors very

swift.

ORIONIDS

Oct. 15

Oct. 25

Nu Orionis

Moderate shower.

Swift meteors.

LEONIDS

Nov. 14

Nov. 20

Zeta Leonis

Not usually a rich

shower. Very

swift meteors.

ANDROMEDIDS

Nov. 26

Dec. 4

Gamma

Very slow meteors.

Andromedae

Very weak

shower.

GEMINIDS

Dec. 6

Dec. 19

Castor

Very rich shower.

URSIDS

Dec. 20

Dec. 22

Kocab

Rather weak.

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