The Daytime Sextantid meteor shower is currently underway… But you can’t see them.

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The Daytime Sextantid meteor shower is currently peaking with up to 20 meteors per hour.

But you can’t see them because they are overwhelmed by the glare of the sun.

As shown in the picture below, the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) has been detecting strong daytime meteor activity over the last two days:

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Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar image from the Daytime Sextantid meteor shower on October 2 2015.

This daytime shower is linked to asteroid 2005 UD and to the Geminid meteor shower, which itself comes from asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The Daytime Sextantids are thus part of a broader complex of interlinked showers.

While the Daytime Sextantid shower won’t put on much of a show in nighttime skies, another meteor shower is coming which will. The CMOR is now detecting the first hints of the Taurids. And the Taurid shower will be unusually strong this year, potentially showing many fireballs in late October – early November.

The Daytime Arietid meteor shower peaked from June 6 to 12 2015.

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