Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 111–116

Activities of Parent Comets and Related Meteor Showers


DOI: 10.1007/s11038-007-9193-z

Cite this article as:
Watanabe, JI. & Sato, M. Earth Moon Planet (2008) 102: 111. doi:10.1007/s11038-007-9193-z


The activity of a meteor shower is thought to be proportional to the activities through time of the parent comet. Recent applications of the dust trail theory provide us not only with a new method to forecast the occurrences and intensities of shower activities, but it is also offers a new approach to explore the history of past activities of the parent comet by retro-tracking its associated meteor showers. We introduce the result of an effort for relating meteor shower activities to the parent comet activities for which we chose the October Draconids and comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner in this paper.


Meteor showersOctober DraconidsPhoenicidsComets21P/Giacobini-ZinnerP/BlanpainActivity relation

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Astonomical Observatory of JapanMitakaJapan