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Meteors

Annual Meteor Showers

The following table lists the major annual meteor showers in our solar system. Note that some meteors are actually from the dust tail of various comets that orbit around the sun.

      1. Meteors
      2. Best Date
      3. Notes
      1. Alpha Aurigids
      2. 5-Feb
      3. Very slow fireballs
      1. Alpha Cygnids
      2. 1-Jul
      3. Fast
      1. Alpha Scorpiids
      2. 2-Jun
      3. Very slow fireballs
      1. Alpha/Beta Perseids
      2. 23-Jul
      3. Very fast; comet Swift-Tuttle
      1. Andromedids
      2. 17-Nov
      3. Very slow
      1. Annual Andromedids
      2. 25-Sep
      3. Slow
      1. Beta Taurids
      2. 30-Jun
      3. comet Encke
      1. Capricornids
      2. 29-Jul
      3. Yellow, brilliant and slow
      1. Chi Cygnids
      2. 17-Jan
      3. Slow evanescent trails
      1. Coma Berenicids
      2. 12-Dec
      3. Extremely fast
      1. Delta Aquarids
      2. 29-Jul
      3. Slow with double radiant
      1. Delta Leonids
      2. 5-Feb
      3. Average speeds
      1. Draconids
      2. 8-Oct
      3. Slow; comet Giacobini-Zinner
      1. E Taurids
      2. 1-Nov
      3. Slow and bright; comet Encke
      1. Epsilon Arietids
      2. 12-Oct
      3. Very slow fireballs
      1. Epsilon Perseids
      2. 7-Sep
      3. Fast persistent trails
      1. Epsilon Taurids
      2. 30-Oct
      3. Slow fireballs
      1. Eta Aquarids
      2. 5-May
      3. comet Halley
      1. Eta Pegasids
      2. 30-May
      3. Very fast persistent trails
      1. Gamma Aquarids
      2. 5-May
      3. Very fast long trails
      1. Gamma Draconids
      2. 1-Jun
      3. Slow evanescent trails
      1. Geminids
      2. 13-Dec
      3. Multi-colored; comet Phaethon
      1. Iota Aquarids
      2. 5-Aug
      3. Double radiant
      1. Iota Draconids
      2. 27-Jun
      3. Very slow
      1. June Lyrids
      2. 15-Jun
      3. Blue persistent trails
      1. Kappa Cygnids
      2. 20-Aug
      3. Bright exploding fireballs
      1. Lacertids
      2. 1-Aug
      3. Average speeds and short
      1. Leonids
      2. 18-Nov
      3. Very fast; comet Tempel-Tuttle
      1. Lyrids
      2. 22-Apr
      3. fast, bright trails; comet Thatcher-Swift
      1. N. Piscids
      2. 25-Sep
      3. Average speeds
      1. N. Taurids
      2. 19-Sep
      3. Average speeds
      1. Ophiuchids
      2. 20-Jun
      1. Orionids
      2. 21-Oct
      3. Fast; yellow & green; comet Halley
      1. Perseids
      2. 12-Aug
      3. Very fast; comet Swift-Tuttle
      1. Phoenicids
      2. 5-Dec
      1. Quadrantids
      2. 3-Jan
      3. Radiant in Bootes. Bright, blue and fast.
      1. S. Piscids
      2. 31-Aug
      3. Average speeds
      1. Sigma Leonids
      2. 21-Mar
      3. Average speeds
      1. Tau Herculids
      2. 19-May
      3. Slow
      1. Ursids
      2. 23-Dec
      3. Average speeds; comet Tuttle
      1. Zeta Bootids
      2. 10-Mar
      3. Fast persistent trails
      1. Zeta Herculids
      2. 11-May
      3. Fast