This meteor shower will produce minimal results so don’t get too excited. The meteor shower is happening tonight and every night until March 22nd. The Gamma Normids Meteor Shower (γ-Normids) peaks in the morning of March 14th and even then you probably wouldn’t notice a difference between the amount of meteors you see tonight or then.
Minor Meteor Shower
This meteor shower is a minor meteor shower. It’s nothing at all like the more spectacular and world famous Perseids Meteor Shower of August. At it’s peak the Gamma Normids Meteor Shower will produce up to six extra meteors an hour.
So why am I saying “six extra meteors an hour”?
There are always sporadic meteors in the sky. If you were to go outside tonight and observe, you might see a meteor that is not part of a specific meteor shower. These are known as “sporadic meteors”. Sporadic meteors are not part of a meteor shower.
The problem with seeing sporadic meteors is that they will be located in any place in the sky. Unlike meteor showers that have a vicinity (also know known as a radiant) as where they are more likely to appear. They appear more randomly. Considering how fast meteors travel and the streaks of light they produce can be rather faint, it’s difficult to see them.
So let’s go back to the Gamma Normids Meteor Shower (γ-Normids)
During the peak of this meteor shower, the Moon and man-made light in the sky will degrade from the amount of meteors one can see. The γ-Normids is not a heavy stream of meteors and this year the conditions are pretty lousy being that the moon is in a last quarter phase. In fact, I’m being nice, I would classify the viewing experience as poor.
I recall once; I overstated the amount of meteors in a meteor shower peak and received a really long contact form message from a person that I “wasted their time”. I’m looking forward to beating the lawsuit. So, it’s up to you to decide if you’d like to go out and look, you never know, you may see some meteors.
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In the meantime, keep your head up,
P.S. “Minutus” means “small” in Latin; therefore not the name of this meteor shower.