The biggest meteor shower of the month is the Perseids which occur from a spot to the north of Miram (Eta Persei). The best time to see the meteor shower is anytime after dark. Due to the location of Perseus, the more south you are, the less likely you are going to be able to see them. For those people in Sydney, the Perseids will only be visible in the early morning, we're talking 6 a.m on the horizon when its light so it'll be hard to spot. The peak date for the meteor shower is about the 12th August.
The Alpha Capricornids will still be visible in the early part of the month, seen in southerly direction. The peak is at the beginning of the month, 3rd August. The radiant point will now be in the neighbouring constellation of Aquarius. You will need to wait until dark at about 10pm to be able to see them. They aren't one of the major meteor showers but there a lot of interest in them though.
The Alpha-Capricornids are more easier to see in the southern hemisphere as they can be seen higher in the sky than in the northern hemisphere. The Alphas are also visible in the previous month as well.
The Piscis Austrinids are a meteor shower which being in the southern hemisphere is the advantage here. The further north you are, the harder it is for you to see them. The peak radiant day is 28th July but they are still visible into the start of August.
The Kappa Cygnids are visible for the most part of August, situated mainly in the northern hemisphere between Kappa Cygni and Altais in neighbouring Draconis. Those in the southern hemisphere maybe lucky to see the meteor shower but only those in the northern part of the southern hemisphere, so we're probably talking Darwin. The Alpha-Aurigids just make it into August list. They will be more prominent in the following month. The Eta Eridanids are a short meteor shower that only appears during a small number of hours during the night compared to other stars. The peak is the 9th August.
List of Other August Meteor Showers
The Alpha-Aurigids just make it into August list. They will be more prominent in the following month.
The Eta Eridanids are a short meteor shower that only appears during a small number of hours during the night compared to other stars. The peak is the 9th August.
|Meteor Shower||Max Date||Constellation|
|Southern Iota Aquariids||6/7th August||Aquarius|
|August Omicron Cetids||10th August||Cetus|
|August Nu Aquariids||12th August||Aquarius|
|Northern Delta Aquariids||13/14th August||Aquarius|
|delta Librids||14th August||Libra|
|August Delta Capricornids||19th August||Capricornus|
|Daytime Gamma Leonids||22th August||Leo|
|Eta Serpentids||24th August||Serpens|
|Northern Iota Aquariids||25/26th August||Aquarius|
|Gamma Leonids||25/26th August||Leo|
|Daytime Chi Leonids||27th August||Leo|
|Gamma Doradids||28th August||Dorado|
If you think I've missed any, do let me know.
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