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Epsilon Eridanid Meteors Fall this Week

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Epsilon Eridanid Meteors Fall this Week

With August’s celebrated Perseids meteor shower now behind us, sky watchers will have to wait until the Geminids shower in December for another really powerful display.

Fortunately for those who can’t get enough shooting stars, every month of the year features at least one shower. Not every meteor shower is created equal, though, and these light shows come in a wide range of intensities.

September features a handful of minor showers, including the Epsilon Eridanids, which peaks on the evening of the 12th. Though this is usually a low-intensity shower, it has been known to achieve rates of up to 40 meteors per hour.

This year is predicted to be a favorable year for the shower, and this week’s waning crescent Moon will leave the sky dark enough for viewing. The southern radiant, originating from the constellation Eridanus, will limit the meteors to the southeastern skies.

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Astronomers believe this shower originates from debris left behind by Comet C/1854 L1 Klinkerfues, which was last observed in 1854.

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1 Ali { 09.19.12 at 11:15 am }

2 evenings ago, my husband witnessed a very low shooting star in the sky, he said he actually heard it whistle overhead….very strange indeed!

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