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Alpha Capricornids


What is the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower?

  • As the comet 169P/NEAT orbits the sun, it leaves a trail of debris which the Earth crashes into every April. When the debris burns up in our atmosphere, it produces the meteor shower that we call the Alpha Capricornids.
  • At its peak, the Alpha Capricornids produce only 5 meteors per hour. However, theyre usually very bright and they can often become a fireball.

When is the best time to see the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower in 2023?

  • The best time to see the Alpha Capricornids in 2023 is early on Sunday 30th July (before dawn).
  • Unfortunately, theres also a full moon this year at around the same time, so viewing conditions will be poor. Dark, clear skies are always best for seeing meteors.

How can I see the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower from the UK?

  • You dont need any special equipment to see the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower from the UK but a bit of preparation is a good idea.
  • First, check the weather forecast. If its going to be cloudy, try the days before the peak viewing period.
  • Next, find a dark (but safe!) place with a clear view away from buildings, trees, and street lights. The Alpha Capricornids can appear in any part of the sky, so the more you can see the better.


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Goes on for another week at least.



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Ah, I saw your title and thought it was some clever Autumn follow-up to 'A Day's Summer'



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indiana wrote:

Ah, I saw your title and thought it was some clever Autumn follow-up to 'A Day's Summer'


 No. The one I use is "Face one autumnal" - a transposition of John Donne.



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