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ALPHA MONOCEROTIDS METEOR SHOWER 2010

Peak on: Sunday 21st November 2010 at 23h41 / Hourly rate: 4 / Direction: ENE
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alpha Monocerotids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from an unknown comet. 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 alpha Monocerotids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Sunday night the 21st November 2010 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet.

How to view the alpha Monocerotids

Go outside, find a dark spot and look east north-east near the constelation of Monoceros for the alpha Monocerotids radiant. Meteor showers are strictly for night owls or early risers. The best time to view the alpha Monocerotids is from around midnight to dawn. They are very fast with some quite bright. You should be able to see 4 streaks an hour or more during the peak. The alpha Monocerotids meteor shower is active from the 15 Nov to 25th Nov with fewer activity either side of the peak time.

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.

>> 2010 >>METEOR SHOWERRate/Hr PEAK  LOOKCONSTELATIONPARENT COMET
03-Jan-2010Quadrantids120  16h19  -BootesAsteroid 2003 EH 1
08-Feb-2010alpha Centaurids7  12h12  SECentaurus
14-Mar-2010eta Virginids2  22h11  EVirgoComet D / 1766 G1 (Helfenzrieder)
05-Apr-2010kappa Serpentids4  20h03  NECorona Borealis
22-Apr-2010Lyrids18  21h07  NNELyraComet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher
23-Apr-2010pi Puppids20  18h02  SWPuppisComet 26P Grigg-Skjellerup
06-May-2010eta Aquariids40  08h39  EAquariusComet 1P Halley
10-May-2010eta Lyrids7  01h57  NNELyraComet C / 1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
28-Jun-2010Bootids10  07h42  -BootesComet 7P Pons-Winnecke
30-Jul-2010South. delta Aquariids16  11h58  EAquarius
30-Jul-2010alpha Capricornids4  11h58  ECapricornusComet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
04-Aug-2010South. iota Aquariids2  09h52  EAquarius
13-Aug-2010Perseids150  01h42  -PerseusComet 109P Swift-Tuttle
18-Aug-2010kappa Cygnids3  11h35  -Cygnus
31-Aug-2010alpha Aurigids10  23h06  -AurigaComet C / 1911 N1 Kiess
03-Oct-2010Capricornids2  06h09  ECapricornusComet D / 1978 R1 (Haneda-Campos)
06-Oct-2010Camelopardalids40  04h05  -Chamaeleon
09-Oct-2010Draconids10  00h55  -DracoComet 21P Giacobini-Zinner
21-Oct-2010Orionids15  18h03  NEOrionComet 1P Halley
06-Nov-2010Northern Taurids4  18h27  NETaurusAsteroid 2004 TG10
06-Nov-2010Southern Taurids7  18h27  NETaurusComet 2P Encke
17-Nov-2010Leonids20  23h23  NELeoCommet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
21-Nov-2010alpha Monocerotids4  23h41  ENEMonoceros
14-Dec-2010Geminids120  09h20  NNEGeminiAsteroid 3200 Phaethon
22-Dec-2010Ursids22  11h47  -Ursa MinorComet 8P Tuttle
26-Dec-2010Comae Berenicids5  03h26  NEComa Berenicis

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