Meteor Showers for 2010

Table of meteor showers for 2010

Meteor showers can be a bit hit or miss and in some years a regular shower can be fantastic and other years it can be quite slow. There are actually quite a few more legitimate showers than I have but for the most part they are irregular and slow. These are the yearly best and I have highlighted the absolute best ones in blue for easy recognition. Make note of the red column Peak. This is typically the best day or best couple of days to view the meteor shower.

Meteor showers can sometimes be a bit unexpected in their performance so if there is currently a weak shower going on for you or coming up for you it might be worth spending some time taking a look and watching for it. They can get to be pretty nice, even the weak ones.

Quick overview of some of the more dramatic meteor showers:

  • January: The Quadrantids: Up to 120 Per hour and this shower can be seen as originating from the constellation Bootes. See a chart of the constellation Bootes here
  • May: Eta Aquarids: up to 60 per hour; This meteor shower is associated with Halley’s Comet and this shower can be seen originating from the constellation Aquarius. See a chart of Aquarius and the Eta Aquarids here
  • June: Arietids: This is a fairly strong meteor shower that can be up to 60 an hour but it is spread out over a period of time rougly from May 22 to July 2. The peak is usually around June 7th. So, a few days before and after June 7 is typically the best time to view this meteor shower. You can see a star chart of Aries and the Arietids here
  • July: The south Delta Aquarids. This meteor shower is spread out over a full month from around July 18 to August 19 and it usually peaks around July 28 & 29 with about 20 shooting stars per hour. You can see a star chart of aquarius here.
  • August: The Perseids Meteor shower. This is a pretty good meteor shower that can produce up to 60 shooting stars per hour. It lasts about a month from July 23 to August 22 and it peaks around August 12 and 13. You can see a star chart of Perseus here
  • October: The Orionids: Oct 17-25 This is a very interesting meteor shower. It typically has a medium rate of around 20 shooting stars per hour but it is known for producing meteors that are yellow and green which makes it quite unique and it often produces large meteors described as fireballs. It can be an erratic meteor shower that is spread out over a period of time but usually the best is from Oct 17-25 with a peak around Oct 21 and 22. You can see a star chart of Orion here.
  • December: The Geminids. This is one of the most reliable meteor showers of the year. They typically come in at 120 shooting stars per hour and they range in color from white to yellow, blue, green and red! The time of the Geminids ranges from December 7 to 17 and they peak on December 13 and 14. I have a star chart of Gemini here.
NameDurationPeakHourly rateStrength
QuadrantidsJan 2 – Jan 4Jan 3120Strong
Delta CancridsJan 1 – Jan 31Jan 174Medium
Alpha CentauridsJan 28 – Feb 21Feb 76Medium
February LeonidsFeb 1 – Feb 28several5Medium
Delta LeonidsFeb 15 – Mar 10Feb 242Medium
Gamma NormidsFeb 25 – Mar 22Mar 138Medium
VirginidsMar 1 – Apr 15several5Medium
LibridsApr 15 – Apr 30several5Medium
LyridsApr 21 – Apr 22Apr 2215Strong
Eta AquaridsMay 5 – May 6May 660Strong
Alpha ScorpiidsMay 1 – May 31May 165Medium
ArietidsMay 22 – Jul 2Jun 754Strong
SagittaridsJun 1 – Jul 15Jun 195Medium
July PegasidsJul 7 – Jul 13Jul 103Medium
Piscis AustrinidsJul 15 – Aug 10Jul 285Medium
South Delta AquaridsJul 18 – Aug 19Jul 2820Strong
Alpha CapricornidsJul 3 – Aug 15Jul 304Medium
South Iota AquaridsJul 25 – Aug 15Aug 42Medium
North Delta AquaridsJul 15 – Aug 25Aug 84Medium
PerseidsJul 17 – Aug 24Aug 1290Strong
Kappa CygnidsAug 3 – Aug 25Aug 173Medium
North Iota AquaridsAug 11 – Aug 31Aug 203Medium
Alpha AurigidsAug 25 – Sep 8Sep 17Medium
September PerseidsSep 5 – Oct 10Sep 86Medium
PiscidsSep 1 – Sep 30Sep 203Medium
October ArietidsOct 1 – Oct 31Oct 85Medium
Delta AurigidsSep 22 – Oct 23Oct 106Medium
Epsilon GeminidsOct 14 – Oct 27Oct 182Medium
OrionidsOct 17 – Oct 25Oct 2120Strong
Southern TauridsNov 1 – Nov 25Nov 55Medium
Northern TauridsNov 1 – Nov 25Nov 125Medium
Chi OrionidsNov 25 – Dec 31Dec 23Medium
MonocerotidsNov 27 – Dec 17Dec 93Medium
Sigma HydridsDec 3 – Dec 15Dec 122Medium
Puppid-velidsDec 2 – Dec 16Dec 124Medium
GeminidsDec 7 – Dec 17Dec 14120Strong
Coma BerenicidsDec 12 – Jan 23Dec 205Medium
UrsidsDec 17 – Dec 26Dec 2210Strong