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As of 04-Aug-2020

Alpha Capricornids

Parent Body: 169P/NEAT
Radiant Constellation: Capricornus
Radiant RA: 20h 28m
Radiant Dec: -10.2°
Start Date: 07/15
Peak Date: 07/29
End Date: 08/10
Meteor Velocity: 24 km/s
Hourly Rate: 5
Alpha Capricornids is a meteor shower discovered by Hungarian astronomer Miklos von Konkoly-Thege in 1871. This shower has infrequent but relatively bright meteors, with some fireballs. Parent body is comet 169P/NEAT (2002 EX12). This shower is not very strong and rarely produces in excess of five shower members per hour.


Parent Body: Comet Swift
Radiant Constellation: Perseus
Radiant RA: 03h 04m
Radiant Dec: +58°
Start Date: 07/17
Peak Date: 08/13
End Date: 08/24
Meteor Velocity: 58 km/s
Hourly Rate: 100
The Perseids is a popular meteor shower, with meteors seen all across the sky; however, because of the shower's radiant in the constellation of Perseus, the Perseids are primarily visible in the Northern Hemisphere. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity between 9 and 14 August, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. The Persesids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous visits to the inner solar system.