The annual Perseid meteor shower streaked by, the total eclipse of the moon showed its colors for just one night, but fear not stargazers – the Aurigids are coming, the Aurigids are coming!
The Aurigids (pronounced oh-RYE-guh) get their name from a constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lynx and Perseus that contains the bright star Capella, which is 42 light-years from Earth. Also called the Charioteer.
Usually no one gives a big dipper about the Aurigids, but this year astronomers have issued an alert for an impending Aurigid outburst. Comet Kiess released a trail of dust (the Aurigids) back when Julius Caesar was alive, and the earth has encountered its noteworthy debris stream only three times in the past century, in 1935, 1986 and 1994.
Between August 25th and September 8th, peaking on September 1st we, here in San Jose, are in perfect position to view the lovely bright blue-green meteors as they streak across our early morning sky.
Viewing area: Los Angeles to Portland
Best day: September 1st
Best time: 4:37 a.m. PT
Where to look: Northeast horizon