The IAU Meteor Shower Nomenclature Rules

  • Peter JenniskensEmail author
Chapter 1: Meteor Shower Activity, Forecasting, Dust Orbits


The International Astronomical Union at its 2006 General Assembly in Prague has adopted a set of rules for meteor shower nomenclature, a working list with designated names (with IAU numbers and three-letter codes), and established a Task Group for Meteor Shower Nomenclature in Commission 22 (Meteors and Interplanetary Dust) to help define which meteor showers exist from well defined groups of meteoroids from a single parent body.


Meteor shower Meteoroid stream Nomenclature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Task Group for Meteor Shower NomenclatureCommission 22 I.A.U.
  2. 2.SETI InstituteMountain ViewUSA

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