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Meteor Showers in 2010

Everyone loves to watch "shooting stars" blaze across the sky. Sky & Telescope predicts that 2010's best meteor showers should be the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December.

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Meteor Showers in 2008

With minimal moonlight to interfere, the best meteor showers of 2008 should be the Quadrantids, the Aquarids, and the Perseids.

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Meteor Showers in 2007

The coming year promises to be a good one for observing showers of shooting stars.

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April's Lyrid Meteor Shower

Traditionally the Lyrids are a poor shower — rarely do they surprise observers.

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Perseids Peak as Predicted

Preliminary analysis of the 2004 Perseid meteor shower confirms the forecast of an unusually brief and intense peak of meteor activity over Europe and Asia.

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2004: An Excellent Year for the Perseids

The Perseid meteor shower, due to peak on the morning of August 12th, should put on a nice show — and may display a surprising new component.

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A Great Year for the Perseids

The most dependable of all meteor showers reaches the peak of its display in a moonless sky.

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Orionids in a (Reasonably) Dark Sky

This is a fairly good year for observing the annual Orionid meteor shower, whose maximum generally lasts from around October 20th to 26th.

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November Meteors

Two meteor showers peak this month: the weak Taurids produce up to 8 or 10 meteors per hour throughout early and mid-November while the Leonids peak on the morning of the 17th.

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September Taurids Again?

The September Taurids might peak on the evening of September 13–14, which coincides with the new Moon. The exact date and time of maximum activity, however, are uncertain.

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Will the June Boötids Return in 2004?

A strong meteor shower may — or may not — return to our skies on the evening of June 23rd.

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The 2003 Leonids: Back to Normal?

Interactions between Earth and a pair of debris trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle may make for some interesting, albeit brief, Leonid meteor activity this year.

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Leonids '02: A Sprinkle in the Moonlight

Norwegian amateur Jarle Aasland caught this 2002 Leonid streaking past the bright star Aldebaran in Taurus, the Bull, at 4:57 UT on November 19th. He used a Nikon D100 (digital SLR) set to ISO 800 and a 5-second exposure.Courtesy Jarle Aasland. I arrived at the Sky & Telescope offices this…

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