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QUADRANTIDS METEOR SHOWER 2014

( NOT VISIBLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA )
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Quadrantids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Asteroid 2003 EH 1. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent asteroid's orbit concentrated close to the asteroid 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 Quadrantids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Friday night the 3rd January 2014 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the asteroid.

How to view the Quadrantids

Unfortunately the Quadrantids 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.

>> 2014 >>METEOR SHOWERRate/Hr PEAK  LOOKCONSTELATIONPARENT COMET
03-Jan-2014Quadrantids120  16h56  -BootesAsteroid 2003 EH 1
08-Feb-2014alpha Centaurids7  12h49  SECentaurus
14-Mar-2014eta Virginids2  22h48  EVirgoComet D / 1766 G1 (Helfenzrieder)
05-Apr-2014kappa Serpentids4  20h40  NECorona Borealis
22-Apr-2014Lyrids18  21h43  NNELyraComet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher
23-Apr-2014pi Puppids20  18h39  SWPuppisComet 26P Grigg-Skjellerup
07-May-2014eta Aquariids85  19h58  EAquariusComet 1P Halley
10-May-2014eta Lyrids7  02h34  NNELyraComet C / 1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
28-Jun-2014Bootids10  08h19  -BootesComet 7P Pons-Winnecke
29-Jul-2014South. delta Aquariids20  01h26  EAquarius
30-Jul-2014alpha Capricornids4  12h35  ECapricornusComet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
04-Aug-2014South. iota Aquariids2  10h29  EAquarius
13-Aug-2014Perseids110  07h03  -PerseusComet 109P Swift-Tuttle
18-Aug-2014kappa Cygnids3  12h12  -Cygnus
31-Aug-2014alpha Aurigids10  23h43  -AurigaComet C / 1911 N1 Kiess
03-Oct-2014Capricornids2  06h46  ECapricornusComet D / 1978 R1 (Haneda-Campos)
06-Oct-2014Camelopardalids40  04h41  -Chamaeleon
09-Oct-2014Draconids10  01h32  -DracoComet 21P Giacobini-Zinner
22-Oct-2014Orionids30  09h08  NEOrionComet 1P Halley
06-Nov-2014Northern Taurids4  19h04  NETaurusAsteroid 2004 TG10
06-Nov-2014Southern Taurids7  19h04  NETaurusComet 2P Encke
18-Nov-2014Leonids115  06h31  NELeoCommet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
22-Nov-2014alpha Monocerotids4  00h18  ENEMonoceros
14-Dec-2014Geminids120  11h03  NNEGeminiAsteroid 3200 Phaethon
23-Dec-2014Ursids10  05h22  -Ursa MinorComet 8P Tuttle
26-Dec-2014Comae Berenicids5  04h03  NEComa Berenicis

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