Shooting Stars, which you just can not miss this year
We call them even falling stars, star or meteor rain and meteor showers.
But in fact, Shooting Stars - it's still a meteor shower, and meteors are not at all the stars. In fact, this space debris - small particles of dust and ice left over from comets that move too close to the sun. When our planet passes through this debris particles released into the atmosphere, where they rub with air molecules and burn. And this is what we can see in the sky.
Quadrantids usually active in January. Usually, you can see about 25 meteors every hour of flying in the night sky. Radiant or area of the celestial sphere, the apparent source of the Quadrantids, is located in the northern tip of the constellation Boötes, near Ursa Major. This meteor shower is best seen from the northern hemisphere
Lyrids active in April. During the peak flow in each hour night sky can be observed from about 10 to 15 meteor. But sometimes there are occasional spikes - up to 100 meteors per hour. Lyrid radiant is the star Vega in the constellation Lear. Lyrids are best seen from the northern hemisphere.
n-Aquariids active during the period from April to May. Depending on your location, you can see 10 to 60 meteors per hour. Radiant flux of a star in this constellation of Aquarius. This Aquarids are best seen from the southern hemisphere.
Delta Aquarids active from July to August. In the night sky can be observed every hour from 15 to 20 meteor. Ramp is a radiant star or delta constellation Aquarius. This meteor shower is best seen from the southern hemisphere.
Alpha Capricornids active during the period from July to August. This is one of the most weak meteor showers - no more than 5 per hour. But it is well known for its spectacular bright bolides - meteors glow becomes so bright that overshadows the rest of the sky. The flow is observed in the northern and southern hemispheres.
The Perseids are also active in the period from July to August. Meteors are released from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Usually, you can see 50 to 75 meteors per hour. Their apparent source is the constellation of Perseus. These meteors are bright and fast and often leave behind a persistent loops in the sky. They are best seen from the northern hemisphere.
Orionids active during the period from October to November. Although you can usually see only 10-20 meteors per hour, a few years, the flow of activity competed with Perseids, hourly releasing from 50 to 75 meteors. This stream is also known for the fact that from time to time gave rise to persistent traces and fireballs. The apparent source of the meteors is the constellation Orion.
Draconians active in October. Although the flow is usually quite meager, releasing only a few meteors per hour, there were times when Draconids hourly were the source of thousands of meteors. These meteors seem to be emitted from the head of the Dragon constellation in the northern sky. Because of this, the flow is best seen from the northern hemisphere.
Southern Taurids active from September to November. Despite the fact that the stream is active for more than two months, it rarely produces more than 5-7 per hour, even in the peak. However, this flow is the cause of many fireballs. The apparent source of the Southern Taurids is Taurus.
Northern Taurids active during the period from October to December. The flow is very similar to Southern Taurids, producing only modest 7 per hour. Meteors are often quite slow, but can be very bright, sometimes with fireballs. As is the case with the Southern Taurids, the apparent source of the Northern Taurids it is Taurus.
Leonid activity in November. They come from Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Although every few decades, the flow creates a real meteor storm with thousands of meteors per minute, in most cases, every hour can be seen only 10-15 meteors. Radiant flux is Leo constellation.
Geminids are active in December, and, as a rule, are the strongest meteor shower of the year. Meteors, often white and bright, can fall down very often - up to 120 per hour. Radiant flux of the stars are Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini. Geminids are best seen from the southern hemisphere.
Ursids active in December. Meteors flying in the sky at a speed of 10-15 pieces per hour, with occasional bursts to more than 25 flashes per hour. Meteors come from comet Tuttle. Feed can only be seen from the northern hemisphere. The radiant is in the constellation Ursa Minor.