Principal nighttime meteor showers


Principal nighttime meteor showers

Table
Principal nighttime meteor showers
shower average date
of maximum normal
duration
(days) visual strength
(Northern Hemisphere) entry velocity
(km/sec) associated comet
Quadrantid January 3   1 medium 41 not known
Lyrid April 22   1 irregular 48 Thatcher
Eta Aquarid May 3   5 weak 66 Halley
Southern Delta Aquarid July 29   8 medium 41 not known
Capricornid July 30   3 medium 23 not known
Perseid August 12   5 strong 59 Swift-Tuttle
Andromedid October 3 11 weak 21 Biela
Draconid October 9   1 irregular 20 Giacobini-Zinner
Orionid October 21   2 medium 66 Halley
Taurid November 8 30 weak 28 Encke
Leonid November 17 less than 1 irregular 71 Tempel-Tuttle
Geminid December 14   4 strong 34 (3200) Phaethon*
*This body was classified as an asteroid on discovery, but it is now suspected to be a burnt-out comet.
Source: Data derived primarily from A.F. Cook in NASA SP-319 (1973).
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