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As of 23-Apr-2024


Parent Body: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)
Radiant Constellation: Lyra
Radiant RA: 18h 08m
Radiant Dec: +32°
Start Date: 04/16
Peak Date: 04/22
End Date: 04/25
Meteor Velocity: 48 km/s
Hourly Rate: 18
The Lyrid meteor shower, also known as the April Lyrids, is one of the oldest known meteor showers, with records dating back more than 2,600 years. The Lyrids are an annual event that peaks around April 22 and the early morning of April 23 each year. Lyrid meteors can typically be seen from April 16 to April 25. The parent body of the meteor shower is the comet C/1861 G1, also known as Comet Thatcher. When the meteor shower peaks, observers can usually see between 5 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour.

Pi Puppids

Parent Body: 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup
Radiant Constellation: Puppis
Radiant RA: 7h 28m
Radiant Dec: -43°
Start Date: 04/18
Peak Date: 04/23
End Date: 04/25
Meteor Velocity:
Hourly Rate: 18-42
Theh Pi Puppids meteor stream is associated with periodic comet Grigg-Skjellerup and is very new, as is evidenced by the near total lack of activity in years when the comet is not at perihelion. This meteor shower is only visible to southern observers.

Eta Aquariids

Parent Body: Halley's Comet
Radiant Constellation: Aquarius
Radiant RA: 22h 20m
Radiant Dec: -01°
Start Date: 04/19
Peak Date: 05/06
End Date: 05/28
Meteor Velocity: 66 km/s
Hourly Rate: 55
Unlike most major annual meteor showers, there is no sharp peak for Eta Aquariids shower, but rather a plateau of good rates that last approximately one week centered on May 7. This meteor shower seems stronger when viewed from the Southern tropics. The meteors we currently see as members of the Eta Aquariid shower separated from Halley