October Camelopardalids: A minor meteor shower that has occasionally produced good observed rates, including in 2016.
|Main Activity Dates||Oct 5 – 6|
|Peak Rates||Oct 6d 00h-04h ?|
|Best Observed Rates||Oct 6|
|Visibility each night (UK)||Visible all night|
|Moonlight issues at Maximum||None: new Moon on 9 Oct|
This low-activity meteor shower occasionally does something interesting.
A significant level of activity from the October Camelopardalids was reported by video observers in 2005 and 2006. Another outburst was recorded in 2016, between 14h and 15h UT on Oct 5th (for further info, see here ).
No significant activity was seen in other years. A recurrence in 2018 of the 2016 event would most likely peak some time after midnight UT on Oct 6, favouring UK observers.
The October Camelopardalid radiant, at approx RA 11h, Dec +78, is located roughly midway between the pointers (alpha and beta UMa) and Polaris, as is shown in the accompanying chart.
The Moon will not cause any problems in 2018, with only a thin crescent in the early morning sky.