Capricornids

Capricornids

(kap-ră-kor -nidz) A minor meteor shower, radiant: RA 315°, dec –15°, that maximizes on July 25. Another minor shower, the Alpha Capricornids, radiant: RA 309°, dec –10°, maximizes on Aug. 1.
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Several weak, long-lasting showers with radiants in the southern sky should each produce several meteors visible per hour late in the night: mainly the southern Delta Aquariids but also the Piscis Austrinids and Alpha Capricornids.
8 Aquariids Jul 29 Jul 21-Aug 29 22 36 [alpha] Capricornids Jul 30 Jul 15 -Aug 25 20 28 Orionids Oct 21 Oct 02-Nov 07 06 20 Southern Taurids Nov 05 Oct 01- Nov 25 03 20 Northern Taurids Nov 12 Oct 01- Nov 25 04 00 Leonids Nov 17 Nov 12-Nov 21 10 08 [alpha] Monocerotids Nov 21 Nov 15-Nov 25 07 48 Dec.
The Alpha Capricornids, also with the July 28 and 29 peak time, started its display on July 11 and it will run through Aug 10, 2014 with not much meteors visible but the shower producing bright fireballs in the sky.
Apart from the 256 eta Aquariids, a further 76 non-shower members were logged, including 22 May Capricornids (Wood), 1 April Lyrid, 3 alpha Scorpiids, and 50 meteors logged as sporadic.
The Delta Aquarids, Piscis Australids, Alpha Capricornids, Iota Aquarids and the rise to maximum and peak of the Perseids may all be observed under dark skies.
Several weak, long-lasting showers with radiants in the late-night southern sky should each produce several meteors visible per hour late at night: mainly the southern Delta Aquariids but also the Piscis Austrinids and Alpha Capricornids.
3[degrees] from the Moon (12h) Jupiter at conjunction (22h) 25 Mercury near the Moon (16h) 26 Jupiter near the Moon (21h) 27 New Moon (00h) 28 Moon at apogee (406600 km; 05h) 29 Regulus near the Moon (05h) Meteor showers Shower Duration Maximum July Phoenicids Jul 10-Jul 16 Jul 13 Piscis Australids Jul 19-Aug 17 Jul 28 Southern delta Aquariids Jul 21-Aug 29 Jul 29 alpha Capricornids Jul 15-Aug 25 Jul 30 Deep-sky objects Designation Object type and constellation NGC 5823 open cluster in Circinus NGC 6025 open cluster in Tr.
The only highlight may be the Capricornids which have a triple peak, on July 8, 15 and 26.
Although the bright moon will interfere with meteor watching, the Capricornids sometimes produce fireballs that could outshine even the moon.
Several minor, long-lasting meteor showers with radiants in the southern sky are active in July, including the Alpha Capricornids, Piscis Austrinids, and Delta Aquariids.
delta] Aquariids Jul 29 Jul 21-Aug 29 22 36 -16 [alpha] Capricornids Jul 30 Jul 15-Aug 25 20 28 -10 Orionids Oct 21 Oct 02-Nov 07 06 20 +16 Southern Taurids Nov 05 Oct 01-Nov 25 03 20 +14 Northern Taurids Nov 12 Oct 01-Nov 25 04 00 +23 Leonids Nov 17 Nov 12-Nov 21 10 08 +22 [alpha] Monocerotids Nov 21 Nov 15-Nov 25 07 48 +01 Dec.
There are favourable maxima of the Capricornids on July 8 and 15 but again with low rates, also with a ZHR of 5.