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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

Monday, August 21

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party | Chabot Space & Science Center
Monday, August 21 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Chabot Space & Science Center
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party | Chabot Space & Science Center

Monday, August 21, 2017, is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse.  For those along the eclipse path of totality, which stretches from Oregon across the country to South Carolina, the Moon will cover the Sun, and day will briefly turn into night.
The Bay …

San Francisco 76% Solar Eclipse Viewing Party | Embarcadero
Monday, August 21 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Cupid's Span
San Francisco 76% Solar Eclipse Viewing Party | Embarcadero

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This is the first time since 1918 that …

Great American Total Solar Eclipse | Partial Eclipse in SF
Great American Total Solar Eclipse | Partial Eclipse in SF

The year of the Great American Total Solar Eclipse is upon us. On August 21, 2017, the moon will completely block out the sun for observers in 12 states, from Oregon to South Carolina, in the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States …

Thursday, October 5

2017 Blood Moon Over San Francisco
Thursday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
2017 Blood Moon Over San Francisco

The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 18:40 UTC on October 5, 2017.
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunters Moon because …

Saturday, October 7

Draconids Meteor Shower | 2017
Saturday, October 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Draconids Meteor Shower | 2017

October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – radiates from the fiery mouth of the northern constellation Draco the Dragon. Because the radiant is located so far north on the sky’s dome, this shower favors temperate and far-northern latitudes, such as the U.S., …

Saturday, October 21

Orionids Meteor Shower 2017 | Halley’s Comet’s Debris
Saturday, October 21 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Orionids Meteor Shower 2017 | Halley's Comet's Debris

On a dark, moonless night, the Orionids exhibit as many as 25 meteors per hour. These fast-moving meteors occasionally leave persistent trains. They sometimes produce bright fireballs, so watch for them to flame in the sky. If you trace these meteors backward, they seem to come …

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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