Almost Wordless Wednesday: June Meteor Showers

During the month of June, your chances of observing meteors are high. After viewing these pictures of meteors captured on film, scroll down for helpful observation hints.

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June 3 Tau Herculids: Radiant--near Corona Borealis. About a month long, 15 per hour max, most quite faint.

Observing: The duration of this shower extends from May 19 to June 19. Maximum occurs on June 9, from an average radiant of α=236°, δ=+41°, with the average magnitude then being about 4.

History: The discovery of this meteor shower occurred as a result of the discovery of its parent comet. The latter discovery occurred on May 2, 1930, when plates exposed by A. Schwassmann and A. A. Wachmann (Hamburg ObservatoryBergedorf, Germany), during a regular minor planet survey, revealed the diffuse image of a comet. The saga of the Tau Herculids unfolded a short time later at Kwasan Observatory (Kyoto, Japan).

June 5 Scorpiids: Radiant--near Ophiuchus. 20 per hour with some fireballs.

June 7 Arietids: About 30 per hour. Slow moving with some fireballs.

June 13 Ophiuchids: Radiant-- near Scorpius. Only 3 per hour but fast moving bolides are common. Duration--25 days

June 16 June Lyrids: Radiant--near Vega. Another part of May Lyrid meteor stream. 15 per hour, faint blue meteors.

June 20 Ophiuchids: Radiant-- near Sagitarrius. Rate varies from 8 to 20, with occaisionally many more.

June 30 June Draconids: Radiant--near handle of Big Dipper. Rate varies from 10 to 100 per hour. Pons-Winnecke Comet is parent.

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Henson Ray said...

Great photos. But what if we see a UFO while looking for Meteor showers?

June 04, 2008 8:40 AM
Matthew S. Urdan said...



If the UFO is friendly, ask them if they'll take you for a ride.

If the UFO is not friendly, hide and pray to your deity of choice.


June 04, 2008 8:44 AM
Bonnie Story said...

These pictures are awesome. Some of the best I have seen on any blog, well done. The one with the man in the foreground is really something, also the green northern sky. Great way to start my day! Thank you -- Bonnie

June 04, 2008 11:40 AM
AmyOops said...

wow. that is a nice sight. wish i could of saw it in person

June 04, 2008 1:38 PM
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...


Dropped in twice today with two EntreCards and two votes in your Battle(s) of the Blogs...


June 04, 2008 1:51 PM
Vixen said...

Oh we love the June meteor showers, but don't have any pictures. These are great!

Happy WW

June 04, 2008 2:19 PM
Mariuca said...

Hi Matt! Here to vote for u, good luck. ;)

As usual, the pictures are totally awesome, thanks for sharing. :)

June 04, 2008 2:58 PM
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...

One more EntreCard dropped, one more vote for the meteor showers and UFO sightings in Battle of the Blogs...


P.S. -- I'm bummed that, now that I have fallen behind, I may never be one of your top EntreCard droppers! I should get extra credit for dropping 3-4 cards per day on my good days.

June 04, 2008 3:53 PM
tashabud said...

Exceptional photos. My daughter, son, and I used to watch the shooting stars during the summer nights in North Dakota. My daughter still remembers those nights. Seeing the Aurora Borealis with my husband was also spectacular, but really spooky.

June 04, 2008 6:01 PM
Shiela said...

Thanks for sharing this. Great photos.

Happy WW!

June 04, 2008 6:11 PM
Eirc S. said...

Great photo's, how did you get them so clear.

June 04, 2008 8:26 PM
Shelia said...

These are exquisite photos Matt!

And I'll take heed to the advice that you gave Henson on what to do if a UFO is spotted, LOL.

Happy WW! :D

June 04, 2008 8:58 PM
crazy working mom said...

Wow, this is amazing!
Great photos.

June 04, 2008 9:21 PM

wow! I love these pictures. I have never seen anything like them!

June 04, 2008 11:18 PM
Matthew S. Urdan said...

Thanks everyone for your awesome comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!

Bonnie, Thanks. You made my day with your kind words.

Tasha, yeah, there's nothing like the Aurora...the most spectacular one I've ever seen was in Fairbanks, Alaska in the middle of January. It was 50 below out and these awesome lights were dancing all across the sky. It was spectacular and scary in a very otherworldly sense. It's like reaching up and touching space.

Eirc, lots of luck, lots of trial and error.

June 06, 2008 6:38 PM
tashabud said...

Matthew S.: Thanks for visiting and for the well wishes. Yeah, I keep telling myself the same thing you said about age, but can't help but feel old when the body says otherwise. I agree with you about the aurora borealis, they look so spectacular in a ghostly, spooky way.

June 6, 2008 9:51 PM

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