Minor Meteor Shower Feb 6-8

The Alpha Centaurids are a meteor shower in the constellation Centaurus, peaking in early February each year. Alpha Centaurii is the brightest or lower star of the 2 pointer stars to the Southern Cross.

Peaking on the 8th of Feb, when rates between 6-8 may be visible from a dark location. Not much of the Moon to get in the way. You can see these meteors anytime between Jan 28 to Feb 21.

Alpha Centaurids sky chart above.

The average magnitude is around 2.5, with a peak of about three meteors an hour. They have been observed since 1969, with a single possible recorded observation in 1938.

Donna the Astronomer

I am a keen astronomer lucky enough to live and work in Coonabarabran the Astronomy Capital of Australia! I am a ‘Drover’s Brat’ and discoverer of a couple of comets and asteroids. I operate Milroy Observatory and can show you how to best integrate dark sky experiences into your tourism, farm stay or AirBnB business.

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