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Meteor Showers

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Meteor crossing the sky

This table lists some of the best-known meteor showers. If your location observes Daylight Saving Time, please add one hour to the time shown. All times given are listed in Eastern Time.

The best way to watch for meteors is to find a place with a clear view of the sky and arrange for deck chairs or some other comfortable rest. Warm clothing and a blanket—even in summer—are advisable. Another factor to consider is bright moonlight, which can considerably cut into the potential number of meteors that might be seen. If a gibbous or full Moon is present during your meteor watch, it will generally obliterate all but the very brightest of meteors.

Name Maximim Activity Hourly Rate Direction and Time Speed
Quadrantids Jan 3-4 60-120 Northeast 4 to 6 am Medium
Lyrids Apr 21-22 10-20 Overhead 2 to 4 am Swift streaks
Eta Aquarids May 4-5 20-40 Southeast 2 to 4 am Very swift, long paths
Delta Aquarids Jul 28-29 15-25 South 1 to 3 am Slow, long paths
Perseids Aug 11-13 50-100 Northeast 2 to 4 am Very swift, rich display
Orionids Oct 21-22 15-25 South 2 to 4 am Swift streaks
South Taurids Nov 2-4 10-20 South 1 to 3 am Very slow, bright
North Taurids Nov 12-14 10-20 South 12 to 2 am Slow fireballs
Leonids Nov 17-18 25-50 S/Southeast 4 to 6 am Very swift
Geminids Dec 13-14 50-100 Overhead 1 to 3 am Medium
Ursids Dec 22-23 15-25 North all night Medium

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