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METEORIC SHOWERS
OCTOBER TO JANUARY.

Name of Shower Date Radiant Point Characteristics Other Dates
of Observation
Location.
Ursids Oct. 4 Between Great
Bear's head and
Polaris
Sw. Sk. Aug. 20–24 N.
Epsilon Arietids
Rich shower
1877
Oct. 14 East of Hamal,
near Musca
M. Sw. Oct. 11–24,
Oct. 30–
Nov. 4
E.
Orionids
Fine shower
Oct. 18 Near Alhena in
Gemini
After 11 p.m.
Sw. Sk.
Oct. 16–22 E.
Delta Geminids Oct. 29 Near Castor and
Pollux
After 10 p.m.
v. Sw. Sk.
Nov. 7,
Dec. 4,
Oct. 16–22
N. E.
(e)Taurids.Rich
shower in 1886
Nov. 2 About 13° S. E. of
Aldebaran
Sl. B. T. Nov. 2–3 E.
Leonids
Brilliant shower
Nov. 13 Near (γ) Leonis
In the Sickle
After midnight.
v. Sw. Sk.
Nov. 12–14 N. E.
Leo Minorids Nov. 16 Near (γ) Ursæ
Maj., the Great
Bear's hind feet
After 10 p.m.
v. Sw. Sk.
Sept. 15.
Oct. 16
N.
Andromedids.
The Bielids.
Fine display
Nov. 27 Near (γ) Andromedæ Sl. T. Nov. 17–23
Nov. 21–28
Over-head
Taurids Nov. 30 Between Capella
and (α) Persei
V. Sw. Aug. 16
Sept. 15,
Nov. 20
Over-head
Zeta Taurids.
Active shower in
1876
Dec. 6 Near the horns of
the Bull
Sl. B.   E.
Geminids.
Fine shower
Dec. 10 Near Castor Sw. Dec. 1-14 E.
Kappa Draconids Dec. 22 Near Thuban
(α) Draconis
Sw. Sk. Nov. 14–23
Dec. 18–29
 
Fire Ball Dates       Nov.29
Dec. 2, 19, 21
 


The Andromedes are usually red, sluggish in their movements, and leave only a small train. Brilliant displays were seen in 1872 and 1885.

The Leonids are characterized by their exceedingly swift flight. They are of a greenish or bluish tint and leave behind them a vivid and persistent train.

In most years the display is not especially noteworthy. Once in thirty-three years they afford an exhibition grand beyond description as in 1833 and 1866.