Activity Outlook

Weekly Meteor Activity Outlook articles by Bob Lunsford. Bob gives outlooks to upcoming meteor activity about once a week. He features showers from the working list of meteor showers as well as suspected radiants. Please refer only to the radiants of the Working list of visual meteor showers in observing reports.

Meteor Activity Outlook for October 4-10, 2008

Meteor activity in general increases in October when compared to September. A major shower (the Orionids) is active most of the month along with several minor showers. Both branches of the Taurids become more active as the month progresses, providing slow, graceful meteors to the nighttime scene. The Orionids are the big story of the month reaching maximum activity on the 21st. This display can be seen equally well from both hemispheres which definitely helps out observers located in the sporadic-poor southern hemisphere

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 27-October 3, 2008

Meteor activity in general increases in October when compared to September. A major shower (the Orionids) is active most of the month along with several minor showers. Both branches of the Taurids become more active as the month progresses, providing slow, graceful meteors to the nighttime scene. The Orionids are the big story of the month reaching maximum activity on the 21st. This display can be seen equally well from both hemispheres which definitely helps out observers located in the sporadic-poor southern hemisphere

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 20-26, 2008

September offers longer nights and cooler temperatures in the northern hemisphere. In the sky, no major showers are visible from either hemisphere but the northern hemisphere enjoys the advantage of higher sporadic rates. The two recognized minor showers active in early September have high northern declinations (celestial latitude) therefore are much better suited to be viewed from locations north of the equator. Toward the end of the month the antihelion radiant becomes entangled with the two Taurid radiants and it is

Meteor Activity Outlook for September 13-19, 2008

September offers longer nights and cooler temperatures in the northern hemisphere. In the sky, no major showers are visible from either hemisphere but the northern hemisphere enjoys the advantage of higher sporadic rates. The two recognized minor showers active in early September have high northern declinations (celestial latitude) therefore are much better suited to be viewed from locations north of the equator. Toward the end of the month the antihelion radiant becomes entangled with the two Taurid radiants and it is

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 30-September 5, 2008

September offers longer nights and cooler temperatures in the northern hemisphere. In the sky, no major showers are visible from either hemisphere but the northern hemisphere enjoys the advantage of higher sporadic rates. The two recognized minor showers active in early September have high northern declinations (celestial latitude) therefore are much better suited to be viewed from locations north of the equator. Toward the end of the month the antihelion radiant becomes entangled with the two Taurid radiants and it is

Meteor Activity Outlook for August 16-22, 2008

Meteor activity kicks into high gear in August as seen from the northern hemisphere. The main reason for all this activity is the Perseid shower that peaks on August 12. The shower is active most of the month and remains above the level of the sporadic background for a week centered on August 12. The sporadic activity is also increasing as seen from the northern hemisphere and is now nearly double the rates from just three months ago. As seen from south of the equator, meteor rates are still decent but falling rapidly. The