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.

Arietid Meteor Shower

Arietid Meteor Shower

 

 

Discovery of the Arietid Meteor Shower

The Arietid Meteor Shower was discovered by observers, in England, using a radio telescope in 1947.

 

The Arietids radiate from the constellation Aries, approximately ten degrees west of the Pleiades.

 

 

 

 

The Parent Body of the Arietid Meteor Shower

The parent body of the Arietid Meteor Shower is unknown.

 

Some astronomers suspect it is dust and debris left by asteroid 1566 Icarus. Others suspect 96P/Machholz.

 

 

 

When are the Arietids visible?

The Arietid Meteor Shower is visible from May 22 to July 2 every year. The Arietids peak on June 7.

 

This shower is the most intense daylight shower, rivaled only by the Zeta Persieds, which peak a week later on June 13. Another daytime shower, the beta Taurids, also occurs in June.

 

Thousands of meteors, with up to sixty per hour and traveling 39 km/s (87,000 miles an hour), would be visible if the Arietids was visible at night. However, since its radiant is approximately thirty degrees away from the Sun, a few Arietid meteors can be seen for about an hour before dawn.