comets-book

You can now buy the recently released book, Fall of a Thousand Suns: How Near Misses and Comet Impacts affected the Religious Beliefs of our Ancestors. It is available through iBooks and Amazon.

 

This website only lists information on modern-day comets and meteor showers. The book, however, thoroughly investigates how specific ancient impacts and near misses changed religious beliefs around the world.

Alpha Capricornid

Meteor Shower

Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower

 

 

Discovery of the Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower

In 1871, Hungarian astronomer Miklos von Konkoly-Thege became the first person to record this meteor shower.

 

 

 

 

The Parent Body of the Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower

The parent body of the Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower is Comet NEAT (169P/NEAT), a Jupiter Family Comet that orbits the Sun once every 4.2 years. This orbit is the shortest of any known comet other than Comet Encke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When are the Alpha Capricornids visible?

The Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower is visible from around July 15 to August 10. It peaks around July 29. It is a relatively weak meteor shower.