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South Africa

Tierpoort, Pretoria, South Africa
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Draconids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent comet's orbit concentrated close to the comet nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus. Every time the Earth passes through this stream of dust particles (i.e. meteor stream), we experience what is known as a Draconids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Monday night the 8th October 2001 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet.

How to view the Draconids

Unfortunately the Draconids are not visible in Southern Africa as they are below the horison.

Meteor Shower List

Of particular interest to solar system dynamics is the association of a parent (source) body with a specific meteor stream. The following meteor shower table lists known meteor streams in chronological order of peak activity. In addition to the name of the meteor stream and time of peak activity, the associated parent body (where known) is also shown.

03-Jan-2001Quadrantids120  08h56  -BootesAsteroid 2003 EH 1
08-Feb-2001alpha Centaurids7  04h49  SECentaurus
14-Mar-2001eta Virginids2  14h49  EVirgoComet D / 1766 G1 (Helfenzrieder)
05-Apr-2001kappa Serpentids4  12h40  NECorona Borealis
22-Apr-2001Lyrids18  13h44  NNELyraComet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher
23-Apr-2001pi Puppids20  10h40  SWPuppisComet 26P Grigg-Skjellerup
06-May-2001eta Aquariids40  01h17  EAquariusComet 1P Halley
09-May-2001eta Lyrids7  18h34  NNELyraComet C / 1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
28-Jun-2001Bootids10  00h20  -BootesComet 7P Pons-Winnecke
30-Jul-2001South. delta Aquariids16  04h35  EAquarius
30-Jul-2001alpha Capricornids4  04h35  ECapricornusComet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
04-Aug-2001South. iota Aquariids2  02h30  EAquarius
12-Aug-2001Perseids150  18h19  -PerseusComet 109P Swift-Tuttle
18-Aug-2001kappa Cygnids3  04h13  -Cygnus
31-Aug-2001alpha Aurigids10  15h43  -AurigaComet C / 1911 N1 Kiess
02-Oct-2001Capricornids2  22h46  ECapricornusComet D / 1978 R1 (Haneda-Campos)
05-Oct-2001Camelopardalids40  20h42  -Chamaeleon
08-Oct-2001Draconids10  17h33  -DracoComet 21P Giacobini-Zinner
21-Oct-2001Orionids15  10h41  NEOrionComet 1P Halley
06-Nov-2001Northern Taurids4  11h05  NETaurusAsteroid 2004 TG10
06-Nov-2001Southern Taurids7  11h05  NETaurusComet 2P Encke
18-Nov-2001Leonids70  21h30  NELeoCommet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
21-Nov-2001alpha Monocerotids4  16h19  ENEMonoceros
14-Dec-2001Geminids120  01h57  NNEGeminiAsteroid 3200 Phaethon
22-Dec-2001Ursids17  11h57  -Ursa MinorComet 8P Tuttle
25-Dec-2001Comae Berenicids5  20h04  NEComa Berenicis

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