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URSIDS METEOR SHOWER 2013

( NOT VISIBLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA )
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Ursids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet 8P Tuttle. 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 Ursids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Sunday night the 22nd December 2013 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet.

How to view the Ursids

Unfortunately the Ursids 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.

>> 2013 >>METEOR SHOWERRate/Hr PEAK  LOOKCONSTELATIONPARENT COMET
03-Jan-2013Quadrantids120  10h46  -BootesAsteroid 2003 EH 1
08-Feb-2013alpha Centaurids7  06h40  SECentaurus
14-Mar-2013eta Virginids2  16h39  EVirgoComet D / 1766 G1 (Helfenzrieder)
05-Apr-2013kappa Serpentids4  14h30  NECorona Borealis
22-Apr-2013Lyrids18  15h34  NNELyraComet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher
23-Apr-2013pi Puppids20  12h30  SWPuppisComet 26P Grigg-Skjellerup
07-May-2013eta Aquariids85  13h49  EAquariusComet 1P Halley
09-May-2013eta Lyrids7  20h24  NNELyraComet C / 1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
28-Jun-2013Bootids10  02h10  -BootesComet 7P Pons-Winnecke
28-Jul-2013South. delta Aquariids20  19h17  EAquarius
30-Jul-2013alpha Capricornids4  06h26  ECapricornusComet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
04-Aug-2013South. iota Aquariids2  04h20  EAquarius
13-Aug-2013Perseids110  00h54  -PerseusComet 109P Swift-Tuttle
18-Aug-2013kappa Cygnids3  06h03  -Cygnus
31-Aug-2013alpha Aurigids10  17h33  -AurigaComet C / 1911 N1 Kiess
03-Oct-2013Capricornids2  00h36  ECapricornusComet D / 1978 R1 (Haneda-Campos)
05-Oct-2013Camelopardalids40  22h32  -Chamaeleon
08-Oct-2013Draconids10  19h23  -DracoComet 21P Giacobini-Zinner
22-Oct-2013Orionids30  02h59  NEOrionComet 1P Halley
06-Nov-2013Northern Taurids4  12h55  NETaurusAsteroid 2004 TG10
06-Nov-2013Southern Taurids7  12h55  NETaurusComet 2P Encke
18-Nov-2013Leonids115  00h22  NELeoCommet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
21-Nov-2013alpha Monocerotids4  18h09  ENEMonoceros
14-Dec-2013Geminids120  04h53  NNEGeminiAsteroid 3200 Phaethon
22-Dec-2013Ursids10  23h13  -Ursa MinorComet 8P Tuttle
25-Dec-2013Comae Berenicids5  21h54  NEComa Berenicis

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Meteor Showers script by Bashewa Weather
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