Meteor Showers

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Quadrantids
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Eta Aquarids
June Daytime Showers
Perseids
Orionids
Leonids
Geminids
Sporadics & Minor Showers

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Updated February 14, 2004

Throughout the year the Earth passes through a number of meteor showers or streams. Many of these are visible optically, but only during night time hours. The showers have:

different lengths of time that they are visible
appear from different places in the sky
travel on different paths
have different rates of meteor infall

Meteor showers pass into the Earth's atmosphere at all times of day, including daylight hours.

The Perseid meteor shower in August and the Leonid shower in November are famous because they are spectacular to look at. But meteor showers can also be viewed using reflected radio signals. In other words, there are radio meteor showers as well.

Follow the links from this page to view information about both the optical and radio characteristics of various Meteor Showers throughout the year. Here are the radio showers of note to amateur radio astronomers:

Quadrantids - January
Lyrids - April
eta Aquarids - May
Arietids and zeta Perseids - June daylight showers
Perseids - August
Orionids - October
Leonids - November
Geminids - December
Sporadics & Minor Showers - Throughout the year

 

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