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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. All meteor showers are best viewed after midnight.

Unless otherwise noted, all meteor fragments originate from their parent comet.

      1. Meteors
      2. Peak  
      3. Rate/hr  
      4. Comet
      5. Notes
      1. Alpha Aurigids
      2. 5-Feb  
      3.   
      4. Very slow fireballs
      1. Alpha Cygnids
      2. 1-Jul  
      3.   
      4. Fast
      1. Alpha Scorpiids
      2. 2-Jun  
      3.   
      4. Very slow fireballs
      1. Alpha/Beta Perseids
      2. 23-Jul  
      3.   
      4. Swift-Tuttle
      5. Very fast
      1. Andromedids
      2. 17-Nov  
      3.   
      4. Very slow
      1. Aurigids
      2. 1-Sep  
      3. 6  
      4. Kiess
      5. bright
      1. Beta Taurids
      2. 30-Jun  
      3.   
      4. Encke
      1. Capricornids
      2. 29-Jul  
      3. 15  
      4. Yellow, brilliant & slow
      1. Chi Cygnids
      2. 17-Jan  
      3.   
      4. Slow evanescent trails
      1. Coma Berenicids
      2. 16-Dec  
      3. 3  
      4. medium
      1. Delta Aquarids
      2. 29-Jul  
      3.   
      4. Slow
      1. Delta Leonids
      2. 5-Feb  
      3. 10  
      4. Average speeds
      1. Draconids
      2. 8-Oct  
      3. variable  
      4. Giacobini-Zinner
      5. Slow
      1. E Taurids
      2. 1-Nov  
      3. 15  
      4. Encke
      5. Slow and bright
      1. Epsilon Arietids
      2. 12-Oct  
      3.   
      4. Very slow fireballs
      1. Epsilon Perseids
      2. 7-Sep  
      3.   
      4. Fast persistent trails
      1. Epsilon Taurids
      2. 30-Oct  
      3.   
      4. Slow fireballs
      1. Eta Aquariids
      2. 6-May  
      3. 55  
      4. Halley
      5. fast trails
      1. Eta Pegasids
      2. 30-May  
      3.   
      4. Very fast trails
      1. Gamma Aquarids
      2. 5-May  
      3.   
      4. Very fast long trails
      1. Gamma Draconids
      2. 1-Jun  
      3.   
      4. Slow evanescent trails
      1. Geminids
      2. 13-Dec  
      3. 120  
      4. Phaethon
      5. Multi-colored & bright
      1. Iota Aquarids
      2. 5-Aug  
      3. 13/2  
      4. Double radiant
      1. Iota Draconids
      2. 27-Jun  
      3.   
      4. Very slow
      1. June Lyrids
      2. 15-Jun  
      3. 10  
      4. Blue persistent trails
      1. Kappa Cygnids
      2. 17-Aug  
      3. 3  
      4. Bright fireballs
      1. Lacertids
      2. 1-Aug  
      3.   
      4. Average
      1. Leonids
      2. 18-Nov  
      3. 15  
      4. Tempel-Tuttle
      5. fast and bright
      1. Lyrids
      2. 22-Apr  
      3. 18  
      4. Thatcher
      5. fast, bright trails
      1. N. Piscids
      2. 25-Sep  
      3.   
      4. Average speeds
      1. N. Taurids
      2. 10-Nov  
      3. 5  
      4. Encke
      5. Average speeds
      1. Ophiuchids
      2. 20-Jun  
      3. 15  
      1. Orionids
      2. 21-Oct  
      3. 25  
      4. Halley
      5. Fast; yellow & green
      1. Perseids
      2. 12-Aug  
      3. 100  
      4. Swift-Tuttle
      5. Very fast
      1. Phoenicids
      2. 2-Dec  
      3. variable  
      4. Blanplain
      5. medium
      1. Quadrantids
      2. 3-Jan  
      3. 120  
      4. EH (asteroid)
      5. Bright, blue and fast
      1. S. Piscids
      2. 31-Aug  
      3.   
      4. Average speeds
      1. Sigma Leonids
      2. 21-Mar  
      3.   
      4. Average speeds
      1. Tau Herculids
      2. 19-May  
      3.   
      4. Slow
      1. Ursids
      2. 22-Dec  
      3. 10  
      4. Tuttle
      5. Average speeds
      1. Zeta Bootids
      2. 10-Mar  
      3.   
      4. Fast persistent trails
      1. Zeta Herculids
      2. 11-May  
      3.   
      4. Fast