posted on Apr, 22 2012 @ 04:33 PM
We had a weather system moving in, so it's been mostly cloud and rain here. No Lyrids for me this year.
Originally posted by SeekerLou
Crossing fingers that it will clear during the Leonids!!...or is there another good shower in between? Am thinking that is one of the best...
The Leonids were in storm mode a few years back, but they have now returned to "normal" rates, which are usually in the same ball park as the
Lyrids. We actually have quite accurate predictions for many meteor showers now, and although there may be some minor Leonid outbursts in the next
decade or two, most researchers agree that the next big Leonid outbursts/storms will be at the turn of the century.
Anyway, there are still some more active showers between now and then, and this year has been one I have been looking forward to for a while, since
there is good potential for some showers this year.
The Eta Aquariids (max: May 7/8) can be quite variable in activity (around ZHR 40-60 usually), but this year the near full moon will make observing
the peak difficult.
A better bet is the Perseids which are expected to peak @ 13:19 UT 13 August. The moon is only a problem later on in the night, and because the
Perseid rates are usually quite good the nights either side of the peak night, you have multiple chances to catch some.
The Orionids in October can be quite good, but in December we have the Geminids (peak @ 23h30m UT December 13 ), which is probably one of the most
reliable showers of the year for good rates (ZHR 60-200), and this year will be free from any moonlight interference.
Whilst any shower is capable of a surprise (or a disappointment), the Perseids and the Geminids are the probably going to be the best showers to watch
this year IMO.
Meteor Observing Calander (Meteor Showers Online)
Meteor Observing Calander (The International Meteor Organization)
Live ZHR graphs (The International Meteor Organization)
Major Meteor Showers (The American Meteor Society)
Meteor shower activity predictions (Mikhail Maslov)
Meteor shower activity predictions (The Institut de Mecanique
Celeste et de Calcul des Ephemerides)