Forecasters Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute) and Esko Lyytinen (Helsinki, Finland) predict the return of the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower at around 0830 UT (04:30 am EDT) on June 11, 2013. The shower is expected to last no more than about 30 minutes to an hour, producing an unknown number of bright, fast meteors. A dark location will be best for observing the shower.
North and South America are well placed for viewing a possible outburst Gamma Delphind meteors on the morning of June 11, 2013.
Also tonight – June 10 from 10 p.m. to June 11 2 a.m. CDT (June 11 at 0300 to 0700 UTC) – Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office will take your questions about the Gamma Delphinids via live web chat. In addition to offering viewing tips about the elusive Gamma Delphinid shower, the chat will also include a live Ustream telescope view of the skies over Huntsville, Alabama. Click here to learn more about the Gamma Delphinid chat.
The Gamma Delphinid meteors radiant from the tiny constellation Delphinus the Dolphin (dolphin image is enlarged on this map, in contrast to real sky).
Bottom line: The mysterious Gamma Delphinus meteor shower – not seen since 1930 – might create a meteor outburst Tuesday morning, June 11, 2013. North and South America are well placed for viewing the possible meteor outburst before dawn.