The Alpha Centaurids is named after the constellation Centuarus. This meteor shower appears to radiate from Centaurus which is one of the largest constellations in the night sky, containing two of the ten brightest stars, including Alpha Centari. Which is the closest star to our Sun. The radiant's center for this meteor shower is four degrees north of the bright star Hadar (beta Centauri).
The Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower, a brief meteor shower, is best observed in the southern hemisphere before dawn. During its peak on February 8, with around seven meteors an hour. It has occurred or been . . .