Alpha Centaurids Meteor Shower
Observers in the Southern Hemisphere can witness the maximum activity of the Alpha Centaurids meteor shower around February 8-9, 2020. Here is how, where, and when to see the meteors.
The Alpha Centaurids meteor shower is active from January 28 to February 21, with the peak occurring in early February every year. In 2020, the peak is expected to be on February 8-9. The radiant point of the shower lies in the southern constellation Centaurus, which is one of the largest constellations of the night sky. Southern hemisphere observers can expect to see about 5 meteors per hour at the maximum activity of the meteor shower. At a speed of 56 km/sec, the Alpha Centaurids would produce mostly swift meteors.
You can start looking for the meteors after full evening darkness sets in. The Alpha Centaurids will be best seen when the shower's radiant point, the constellation Centaurus, lies highest above the horizon. There is no need to look just towards the shower’s radiant, as the Alpha Centaurids will appear in various parts of the sky. For better results, find an open, dark location and just look up with your unaided eyes. Do not use binoculars or telescopes, they will only limit your field of view. Locate the shower’s radiant in the sky and find out the best time for observing Alpha Centaurids in your area with the stargazing app Star Walk 2.