Sky at Night

Find out what to see in the night sky this month. What meteor showers are active now? Are there any comets to see? When is the next planetary conjunction?, Is there a solar or lunar eclipse soon?

 

A Visual Guide to the Meteor Showers
15th June 2012Sky at Night
Each year the Earth moves through a number of meteoroid streams, producing meteor showers at roughly the same time each year. This handy chart shows you when the most active showers occur throughout the year, along with their Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR).
Draconid Meteor Shower
8th October 2010Sky at Night
The Annual Draconid Meteor Shower occurs each year around Oct 8th when Earth passes through a minefield of dusty debris from Comet Giacobini-Zinner.
Geminid Meteor Shower
20th April 2009Sky at Night
The Geminid Meteor Shower (Geminids) are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13th and 14th on their calendars.
Lyrid Meteor Shower
20th April 2009Sky at Night
Earth is about to enter a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, the source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Expect between 5 to 20 meteors per hour around the peak dates.