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Kappa Cygnid

Meteor Shower

Southern Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower



Discovery of the Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower

The first recorded observation of this meteor shower was on August 11 and 12 of 1874. Hungarian astronomer N. de Konkoly while observing the much stronger Perseid Meteor Shower, recorded seven meteors that radiated from the star Kappa Cygni in the constellation Cygnus.






The Parent Body of the Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower

The parent body of the Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower is unknown.




When are the Kappa Cygnids visible?

The Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower can be seen from July 26 to September 1, at the same time as the scene-stealing Perseid Meteor Shower. The Kappa Cygnids peak on August 18, one week later than the Perseids. It is a minor, relatively weak meteor shower, which at its peak it produces roughly six meteors an hour. The meteors are usually bluish-white, and have produced fireballs on occasion around the peak.








Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower


Radiant of the Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower

Credit: Stellarium with radiant by Kevin Curran