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Comets and meteors ['shooting stars']
When to watch for them: months- J F M A M J J A S O N D

Comet Halley 2001
Comet Halley 2001, image courtesy NASA

 QUADRANTID METEOR SHOWER

  - January 1- 6 (average speed)

 CHI CYGNID METEOR SHOWER

  - January 17 (slow, evanescent trails)

 ALPHA AURIGID METEOR SHOWER

  - February 5-10 (very slow, fireballs)

 COMET HALLEY

  -last near Sun 9 February 1986, next expected year 2062

 COMET WEST

  -last near Sun 25 February 1976, next expected year 501976

 ZETA BOOTID METEOR SHOWER

  - March 10-12 (fast, persistent trails)

 COMET BENNETT

  -last near Sun 20 March 1970, next expected year 3650

COMET IKEYA

  -last near Sun 21 March 1963, next expected ?

 COMET AREND-ROLAND

  -last near Sun 8 April 1957, next expected ?

 LYRID METEOR SHOWER (comet 1861 I orbit at 415 year intervals since 687 BCE)

  - April 19- 22 (fast, persistent trails)

 ETA AQUARID METEOR SHOWER (comet Halley orbit)

  - May 1- 8 (very fast, long trails)

 ZETA HERCULID METEOR SHOWER

  - May 11-24 (fast, white)

 COMET HUMASON

  -last near Sun 14 May 1962, next expected year 4962

 ETA PEGASID METEOR SHOWER

  - May 30 (very fast, persistent trails)

 ALPHA SCORPIID METEOR SHOWER

  - June 2-17 (very slow, fireballs)

 IOTA DRACONID METEOR SHOWER (comet Pons-Winnecke orbit)

  - June 27-30 (very slow)

 GAMMA DRACONID METEOR SHOWER

  - June to September (slow, evanescent trails)

 ALPHA CAPRICORNID METEOR SHOWER (comet Denning orbit)

  - July 18-30 (very slow, bright)

 ALPHA CYGNID METEOR SHOWER

  _ July to August (fast, long trails)

 ALPHA/BETA PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

  - July 23- August 4 (very fast, persistent trails)

DELTA AQUARID METEOR SHOWER

  - July 15- August 10 (slow, long trails)

 COMET MRKOS

  -last near Sun 1 August 1957, next expected ?

 PERSEID METEOR SHOWER (comet 1862 III debris)

  - August 10-12 (very fast)

 ALPHA AURIGID METEOR SHOWER

  - August 12- October 2 (very fast, persistent trails)

 LACERTID METEOR SHOWER

  - August to September (average speed, short trails)

 CHI CYGNID METEOR SHOWER

  - August 10-20 (average speeds, bright)

 OMICRON DRACONID METEOR SHOWER

  - August 21-23 (very slow, declining since 1879)

 ZETA DRACONID METEOR SHOWER

  - August 21-31 (rather slow, bright)

 COMET KOBAYASHI-BERHER-MILON

  -last near Sun 5 September 1975, next expected ?

 EPSILON PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

  - September 7-15 (fast, persistent trails)

 DRACONID/GIACOBINID METEOR SHOWER (comet Giacobini-Zinner debris)

  - October 9 (average speeds, declining since 1933)

 EPSILON ARIETID METEOR SHOWER

  - October 12-23 (very slow, fireballs)

 ORIONID METEOR SHOWER (comet Halley debris)

  - October 15- 25 (fast, persistent trails)

 COMET IKEYA-SEKI

  -last near Sun 21 October 1965, next expected year 2845

 EPSILON TAURID METEOR SHOWER (comet Enke debris)

  - October 30- November 17 (slow, fireballs)

 E TAURID METEOR SHOWER

  - November 3-15 (very slow, bright)

 LEONID METEOR SHOWER (comet 1866 I debris)

  - November 14-20 (very fast, 33 year period)

 ANDROMEDID METEOR SHOWER (comet Biela orbit)

  - November 26- December 4 (very slow)

  GEMINID METEOR SHOWER

  - December 9- 13 (average speed, white copious trails)

 URSID METEOR SHOWER

  - December 20-22 (from direction of star Kocab)

 COMET TAGO-SATO-KOSAKA

  -last near Sun 21 December 1969, next expected 421969

 COMET KOHOUTEK

  - last near Sun 28 December 1973, next expected year 76973

  List created by Chris Durden, Curator emeritus, TNSC

 

 

 

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