Meteors are commonly called falling stars or shooting stars. A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Please enjoy this video stream brought to you by ComoSapiens (and see video credits on this page).
Common Meteor Showers
The Perseids are one of the best and brightest batches of shooting stars. At their peak, Perseids should produce around 100 shooting stars” per hour.
The Draconids Meteor Shower, which runs between October 6 and 10 every year, will peak overnight on Wednesday, October 7.
The annual Orionids meteor shower is produced when the Earth plows through a cloud of small particles dropped by repeated passages of Comet Halley in its orbit. The shower runs from September 23 to November 27 and will peak between midnight and dawn on Wednesday, October 21.
The best night to see the Southern Taurids will be on October 10th this year (the Northern Taurids will peak on November 11th). On this night you can expect to see a maximum of 5 meteors per hour.
The Aurigid meteor shower will peak on the night of October 11 with a maximum ZHR of 2 per hour.
On the night of October 24th, the Leonis Minorid meteor shower will peak. This lesser meteor shower appears to radiate from the constellation Leo with bright Regulus to help you find the area of the sky. The Leonis Minorids aren’t particularly active, and the maximum ZHR is roughly 2 per hour
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