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2012 Meteor Shower Skywatching Calendar

Star trails and a Geminids meteor over Georgia in 1985.
Star trails and a Geminids meteor over Georgia in 1985.
(Image: © Jimmy Westlake)

A meteor showers can be a dazzling experience for amateur skywatchers and professional scientists alike and in 2012 the annual "shooting star" schedule will continue.

Listed below are the major 2012 meteor showers visible during the night  where the expected Zenith Hourly Rate (ZHR) of meteors will be 10 or more, or where the rate may be variable.  Since more meteors are always seen after midnight, these dates are the best mornings to observe.

The first meteor shower of 2012 is the Quadrantid meteor display. [Quadrantid meteor skywatching tips]

Major Meteor Showers visible during the night where the expected Zenith Hourly Rate (ZHR) will be 10 or more, or where the rate may be variable. Since more meteors are always seen after midnight, these dates are the best mornings to observe. (Image credit: Geoff Gaherty)

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