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 Standard 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||January 3-4||60-120||Northeast 4 to 6 am||Medium|
|Lyrids||April 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||July 28-29||15-25||South 1 to 3 am||Slow, long paths|
|Perseids||August 11-13||50-100||Northeast 2 to 4 am||Very swift, rich display|
|Orionids||October 21-22||15-25||South 2 to 4 am||Swift streaks|
|South Taurids||November 2-4||10-20||South 1 to 3 am||Very slow, bright|
|North Taurids||November 12-14||10-20||South 12 to 2 am||Slow fireballs|
|Leonids||November 17-18||25-50||S/Southeast 4 to 6 am||Very swift|
|Geminids||December 13-14||50-100||Overhead 1 to 3 am||Medium|
|Ursids||December 22-23||15-25||North all night||Medium|