Meteor spotted in night sky over Northern Ireland
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There are plenty of stunning meteor showers to look forward to in 2022. Though not every shower will be visible – unless you’re extremely lucky or have a good telescope – there are many you may be able to spot from your back garden. The first meteor shower of the year, the Quadrantids, is taking place tonight. Here are all the meteor showers predicted in 2022.
December 28 2021 – 12 January 2022: Quadrantids
The first meteor shower of the year, the Quadrantids will be most visible from the UK at its peak, from January 3 to 4.
Quadrantids are notable for their blue and yellow colours and fine trains.
At their peak, more than 100 meteors can be seen each hour.
April 14-30: Lyrids
This year’s second meteor shower will be the Lyrids, which will be at their peak visibility from April 22 to April 23.
These bright and fast-moving meteors are most commonly associated with Comet Thatcher, a large comet that takes more than 400 years to orbit the Sun once.
The Lyrids meteor shower is the debris trail left by Comet Thatcher, and this is one of the longest-observed meteor showers, the first recorded sighting was in 687 BC.
April 19 – May 28: Eta Aquariids
The Eta Aquariids occur fairly low in the sky and are often associated with Comet Halley.
The meteor shower peaks at around 50 meteors per hour, and it is expected to be most visible on May 6, 2022.
July 3 – August 15: Alpha Capricornids
Described as “yellow slow fireballs” by Royal Museums Greenwich, this meteor shower only peaks at a modest 5 meteors per hour.
The Alpha Capricornids will be most visible on July 30.
July 12 – August 23: Delta Aquariids
The Delta Aquariids is a steady stream of meteors over a few days, but at a fairly low rate per hour.
The shower is expected to peak at around 25 meteors per hour on July 30.
July 17 – August 24: Perseids
The Perseids are impressively fast, with a rate of 100 meteors per hour at its peak, estimated to take place on July 30.
These bright and fast comets have trains and originate from the large Swift-Tuttle comet.
Swift-Tuttle takes 133 years to orbit the Sun and was last spotted in 1992.
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October 2 – November 7: Orionids
These meteors are fast with fine trains and are expected to reach their peak of 25 meteors per hour on October 21, 2022.
October 6 – 10: Draconids
The Draconids will reach their peak on October 8, with possible highs of ten meteors per hour.
October 20 – December 10: Taurids
These very slow meteors are observed on different dates depending on whether you are in the Northern or Southern hemisphere.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Taurids will reach a modest peak of 5 meteors per hour on November 12.
November 6 – November 30: Leonids
The Leonids are fast and bright meteors with very slight trains.
They might be difficult to spot, on account of the speed, but they will peak on November 17 with up to 10 meteors per hour.
December 4 – December 20: Geminids
This prolific meteor shower of many bright meteors with few trains reaches an impressive peak of 150 meteors an hour.
The Geminids are predicted to peak on December 14, 2022.
December 17 – December 26: Ursids
The Ursids is a sparser shower, with up to ten meteors an hour at its peak.
December 22 is predicted to be the peak of the Ursids this year.
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