A Field Book of the Stars/Meteoric Showers January to April

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METEORIC SHOWERS

JANUARY TO APRIL.
Name of Shower Date Radiant Point Characteristics Other Dates
of observation
Location
Quadrantids.
Rich annual
shower
Jan. 2 (44) Boötis,
between Boötes and
Dragon's head
M. Sw. B. Jan 3. E.
Zeta Cancrids Jan. 2–4 (ζ) Cancri,
near Bee Hive
    E.
Theta Ursids Jan. 5 About 10° from (β)
away from (γ)
Ursæ Maj.
Small
Sh. Sw. F.
Jan 2–8 N.
Alpha Draconids Feb. I Near Thuban
(α) Draconis
Sl. Jan.9
Dec. 8
N.
Alpha Aurigids Feb. 7 Near Cappale(α)
Aurigæ
Sl. Aug. 21
Sept. 12–22
High in Southern Sky
Tau Leonids Feb. 16 (τ) Leonis,
between Leo and Crater
Sl. Sk. Nov. 27
Dec. 12
Mar. 1–4
E.
Alpha Canum Ven.
Well defin'd 1877
Feb. 20 Near Cor Caroli
and Coma Berenices
V. Sw. B.   E.
(α)—(β) Perseids Mar. 1 Between (α) and
(β) Persei
V. Sl. July–Dec.
Mar. 13–19
N. W.
Beta Leonids or Beta
Virginids
Mar 14. Near Denebola
(β) Leonis
Sl. B. Mar. 3, 4
Dec. 12
S. E.
Kappa Cepheids Mar. 8 Near Polaris Sl. B. Oct 4–17
Mar. 13–19
N.
Beta Ursids Mar. 24 Near (β)
Ursæ Maj.
Sw. Apr. 10–16
Mar. 13–14
Dec. 2–9
Precise
N.
Zeta Draconids Mar. 28 Near the Dragons's
Head
Sl. July 29
Aug 24, etc.
N.

The Abbreviations under Characterisics are as follows:

  • V. Very
  • M. Moderately
  • Sw. Swift
  • Sl. Slow

  • Sh. Short
  • B. Bright
  • F. Faint
  • Sk. Streak leaving meteors

T. Train leaving meteors


This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.