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 Centaurid

Meteor Shower

Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower

 

 

The Discovery of the Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower

The Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower has been observed yearly since its discovery in 1969. The meteors from this shower reach speeds 59 km / s.

 

 

 

 

The Parent Body of the Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower

The parent body of the Alpha Centaurid meteor shower is unknown.

 

 

 

When are the Alpha Centaurids visible?

The Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower is a relatively brief meteor shower occurring in February, and is best observed in the southern hemisphere before dawn. During its peak on February 8, around seven meteors an hour are visible. It has been observed as early as February 2 and as late as February 26.

 

The Alpha Centaurids is named after the constellation from which this meteor shower appears to radiate, Centuarus. Centaurus is one of the largest constellations in the night sky and contains two of the ten brightest stars, including Alpha Centari, the closet star to our Sun. The dead-center of the radiant for this meteor shower is four degrees north of the bright star Hadar (beta Centauri).

 

 

 

Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower

 

Radiant of the Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower

Credit: Stellarium with radiant by Kevin Curran