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CLEVELAND - Here is a look at the dates of the 2015 meteor showers that will be seen in northeast Ohio this year.

Many of the showers can be viewed for several days, weather permitting.

2015 METEOR SHOWERS:

Lyrids

Comet of Origin: C/1861 G1 Thatcher

Radiant: constellation Lyra

Active: April 16-25, 2015

Peak Activity: April 22-23, 2015

Peak Activity Meteor Count: 20 meteors per hour

Meteor Velocity: 30 miles (49 kilometers) per second

Notes: A thin crescent moon sets early enough to allow for favorable viewing from midnight to dawn. Lyrid meteors often produce luminous dust trains observable for several seconds.


Eta Aquariids

Comet of Origin: 1P Halley

Radiant: constellation Aquarius

Active: April 19-May 26, 205

Peak Activity: May 5-6, 2015

Peak Activity Meteor Count: 45 meteors per hour

Meteor Velocity: 44 miles (66 kilometers) per second

Notes: Given the shower's broad peak, you may catch a few Eta Aquariids on the days before and after May 6. Most activity will be visible in the Southern Hemisphere, though that old devil moon may obscure viewing.


Southern Delta Aquariids

Comet of Origin: unknown, 96P Machholz suspected

Radiant: constellation Aquarius

Active: July 21-Aug. 23, 2015

Peak Activity: July 28-29, 2015

Peak Activity Meteor Count: 20 meteors per hour

Meteor Velocity: 25 miles (41 kilometers) per second

Notes: This small show is a no-show in 2015. Expect light interference from the waxing gibbous moon.


Perseids

Comet of Origin: 109P/Swift-Tuttle

Radiant: constellation Perseus

Active: July 13-Aug. 26, 2015

Peak Activity: Aug. 12-13, 2015

Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour

Meteor Velocity: 37 miles (59 kilometers) per second

Notes: If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids. The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be moonlight to upstage the shower.


Orionids

Comet of Origin: 1P/Halley

Radiant: Just to the north of constellation Orion's bright star Betelgeuse

Active: Oct. 4-Nov. 14, 2015

Peak Activity: Oct. 21-22, 2015

Peak Activity Meteor Count: 20 meteors per hour

Meteor Velocity: 41 miles (66 kilometers) per second

Notes: The Orionids, formed from the debris of Halley's comet, are known for being bright and quick. Best viewing will be pre-dawn.


Leonids

Comet of Origin: 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

Radiant: constellation Leo

Active: Nov. 5-30, 2015

Peak Activity: Nov. 17-18, 2015

Peak Activity Meteor Count: 15 meteors per hour

Meteor Velocity: 44 miles (71 kilometers) per second

Notes: The Leonids are usually a modest shower, with the peak occurring in the dark hours before dawn. The waning crescent moon should leave skies dark enough for a decent show.


Geminids

Comet of Origin: 3200 Phaethon

Radiant: constellation Gemini

Active: Dec. 4-16, 2015

Peak Activity: Dec. 13-14, 2015

Peak Activity Meteor Count: 120 meteors per hour

Meteor Velocity: 22 miles (35 kilometers) per second

Notes: The Geminids are typically one of the best and most reliable of the annual meteor showers. It's one of the best opportunities for younger viewers who don't stay up late, because it gets going around 9 or 10 p.m. local time. Expect delightfully dark skies this year; the thin crescent moon sets early.

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