Common Meteor Showers

Often called falling stars, meteors are specks of dust that burn up when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere. When the earth passes through cosmic dust, or debris from a comet, many meteors can be seen, which is called a meteor shower.

During the Geminids Meteor Shower, over 100 meteors can be seen in an hour, although most showers produce far less. The adjacent chart lists common meteor showers by name and date. The constellation is where the meteors appear to be originating from. The peak viewing date varies each year so consult a current meteor shower guide for the best night to watch meteors.

Shower Name Dates Constellation Average per Hour
Quantranids January 1 to 4 Draco 30
Lyrids April 19 to 23 Lyra 10
May Aquarids May 1 to 6 Aquarius 10
Delta Aquarids July 26 to 31 Aquarius 15
Perseids August 10 to 14 Perseus 60
Orionids October 18 to 23 Orion 15
Taurids November 1 to 15 Taurus 10
Leonids November 14 to 18 Leo 10
Geminids December 10 to 16 Gemini 60
Ursids December 21 to 23 Ursa Major 15