The next couple of months are a slow time for meteor shower viewing even though there are several occurring. In October the Orionids Meteor Shower is always a welcome treat after the doldrums of September, but even the Orionids doesn’t peak until late October.
Below is a table detailing the schedule of meteor shower occurrences starting in September:
|α-Aurigids||Aug 25||Sep 1||Sep 8||5|
|September Perseids||Sep 5||Sep 9||Sep 17||6|
|δ-Aurigids||Sep 18||Sep 29||Oct 10||2|
|Southern Taurids||Sep 25||Nov 5||Nov 25||6|
Even though there isn’t much activity at this time of year, the above table highlights several minor meteor showers that we can enjoy. This is the time for the more seasoned and avid meteor shower gazer, because the activity won’t be as dazzling as the Perseids or some of the other strong events during the year. Most notably commencing this month is the Southern Taurids Meteor Shower. The Southern Taurids will be responsible for most of the sporadic fireballs that we can witness between now until the end of November. Just remember that under any dark sky on any given day a person can see about five meteors if conditions are optimal.
I will be keeping you posted with all the latest meteor news and as always please comment on any of the blogs on this site, if you have questions.
So relax, enjoy and keep your head up!