Project Description

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Project: Meteors

Tier: 2

Location: dark

Other information, requirements, or equipment you must supply (may be blank):

Observe a meteor shower for at least an hour around its peak. Mark the rough positions of the meteors on a star chart and determine the radiant point. Keep a log of the time each meteor is observed and determine the approximate peak time.

Check sites like or or magazines like Sky & Telescope or Astronomy for more details, especially the timing of this year's peak.
The most popular showers are: Quadrantids on Jan 3/4, Perseids around Aug 12, Orionids on Oct 22, Leonids around Nov 18, Geminids around Dec 14 and the Ursids around Dec 23.