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Meteor Showers 2016 to 2018
The Autumn and Winter of 2016, 2017 and 2018 promise the potential for some good shooting star observing.
The first major shower of the Autumn are the Draconids - these are active around the 10th October. They are the left-overs from a well known comet Goacobini-Zinner and on occasion they can have quite a good showing.
Next comes the Orionids - these are active from 16th to 27th October with a peak on the 20th/21st. There will be a nearly new Moon on this night so get ready for some hours spent tracking these down. Orion rises at around 11pm so you need to stay up late or get up very early to see this shower as they are best viewed after midnight.
On/about 3rd November are the Taurid meteors. These are few in number but are often brilliantly colourful and very bright. Again best seen after midnight.
Then comes the Leonid shower of the 16th, 17th and 18th November.
More details are in the attached documents