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2017 Meteor Shower Guide (Plus the Epic Solar Eclipse)

The heavens are putting on some amazing light shows. Here’s when they all take place.
By - posted 8/8/2017

Saturday, November 11

2017 Taurids Meteor Shower | Super Bright Fireballs
Saturday, November 11 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2017 Taurids Meteor Shower | Super Bright Fireballs

Like the South Taurids, the North Taurids meteor shower is long-lasting (October 12 – December 2) but modest, and the peak number is forecast at about 7 meteors per hour. The North and South Taurids combine, however, to provide a nice sprinkling of meteors throughout …

Friday, November 17

Leonids Meteor Shower | 2017
Friday, November 17 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Leonids Meteor Shower | 2017

The Leonids is an average shower, producing an average of up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.
Fortunately, in 2017, there is no moon to light up the peak night of the Leonid shower. In 2017, the Leonids are expected to fall most abundantly …

Sunday, December 3

“Supermoon” Night Over San Francisco | December 3
Sunday, December 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 15:47 UTC on December 3, 2017.
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold …

Wednesday, December 13

2017 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky
Wednesday, December 13 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2017 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky

Stargazers can look directly up (away from city lights) to see a spectacular meteor light show originating from the Comet 3200 Phaethon in the constellation Gemini (looking south, almost overhead).  The peak nights of the 2017 Geminid meteor shower are expected mid-evening December 13 until ...

Thursday, December 21

Ursids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2017
Thursday, December 21 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Ursids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2017

The annual Ursid meteor shower always peaks near the time of the December winter solstice.
The Ursid shower will have to contend with the light of a bright waxing gibbous moon across the weekend and in the days ahead. This shower favors the more northerly latitudes …

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