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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

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