Meteor Shower Tonight – A Spell

OK apparently the Leonid Meteor Shower reaches its peak tonight, and this has given me a great idea for casting a simple magic spell to make all your dreams come true. Here it is:

Make a list of all your wishes before going to sleep, and use the power of lucid dreaming to dream about the Leonid meteor shower from the comfort of your own bed!

This will be just as effective as actually watching it, and it has the advantage of being a lot warmer and more comfortable.

More to the point: it occurs to me that certain meteor showers occur every year with predictable certainty. Hence, if there is anything in this whole “wishing upon a star” business, there must be certain days of the year which are always bound to be luckier than others.

So for future reference, here are the known dates of prominent meteor showers for the rest of 2012 and 2013:

17/11/12 Leonids 115 18h13   NE Leo Commet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
21/11/12 alpha Monocerotids 4 12h00   ENE Monoceros
13/12/12 Geminids 120 22h44   NNE Gemini Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
22/12/12 Ursids 10 17h04   - Ursa Minor Comet 8P Tuttle
25/12/12 Comae Berenicids 5 15h45   NE Coma Berenicis
03/01/13 Quadrantids 120 10h46   - Bootes Asteroid 2003 EH 1
08/02/13 alpha Centaurids 7 06h40   SE Centaurus
14/03/13 eta Virginids 2 16h39   E Virgo Comet D / 1766 G1 (Helfenzrieder)
05/04/13 kappa Serpentids 4 14h30   NE Corona Borealis
22/04/13 Lyrids 18 15h34   NNE Lyra Comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher
23/04/13 pi Puppids 20 12h30   SW Puppis Comet 26P Grigg-Skjellerup
07/05/13 eta Aquariids 85 13h49   E Aquarius Comet 1P Halley
09/05/13 eta Lyrids 7 20h24   NNE Lyra Comet C / 1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
28/06/13 Bootids 10 02h10   - Bootes Comet 7P Pons-Winnecke
28/07/13 South. delta Aquariids 20 19h17   E Aquarius
30/07/13 alpha Capricornids 4 06h26   E Capricornus Comet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
04/08/13 South. iota Aquariids 2 04h20   E Aquarius
13/08/13 Perseids 110 00h54   - Perseus Comet 109P Swift-Tuttle
18/08/13 kappa Cygnids 3 06h03   - Cygnus
31/08/13 alpha Aurigids 10 17h33   - Auriga Comet C / 1911 N1 Kiess
03/10/13 Capricornids 2 00h36   E Capricornus Comet D / 1978 R1 (Haneda-Campos)
05/10/13 Camelopardalids 40 22h32   - Chamaeleon
08/10/13 Draconids 10 19h23   - Draco Comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner
22/10/13 Orionids 30 02h59   NE Orion Comet 1P Halley
06/11/13 Northern Taurids 4 12h55   NE Taurus Asteroid 2004 TG10
06/11/13 Southern Taurids 7 12h55   NE Taurus Comet 2P Encke
18/11/13 Leonids 115 00h22   NE Leo Commet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
21/11/13 alpha Monocerotids 4 18h09   ENE Monoceros
14/12/13 Geminids 120 04h53   NNE Gemini Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
22/12/13 Ursids 10 23h13   - Ursa Minor Comet 8P Tuttle
25/12/13 Comae Berenicids 5 21h54   NE Coma Berenicis

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