The Arietid meteor shower reaches its peak tonight. A moderately strong shower, under good conditions observers can expect to see about 54 meteors streak across the night sky. Unfortunately, the constellation Aries, from which the meteors appear to radiate, won’t rise until close to dawn and the waning gibbous Moon will also make the fainter shooting stars harder to see.
On the plus side, you’ll still be able to see a higher-than-usual number of meteors in the evening before midngiht and the hours preceding the dawn.
(Click on an image to enlarge.)
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
00:57 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes dwarf planet Ceres. (Ceres: magnitude 7.8. Capricornus, pre-dawn sky.)
The Arietid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 54. (Moon: waning gibbous. Naked eye, Aries, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky. See images above.)
The globular clusters M19 and M62 culminate at midnight tonight. (M19: magnitude 7.5. M62: magnitude 7.4. Ophiuchus, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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