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Amazing photo of a meteor streaking right in front of Venus

EarthSky’s 2020 meteor shower guide

All you need to know about major meteor showers in 2020.

This weekend’s Geminid meteor shower

The Geminid meteor shower – one of the highlights of the stargazing year – will peak on the mornings of December 13, 14, and 15, 2019, though under the light of a bright moon. The Geminids are bright, too. You still might see some!

Whole-Earth view of Leonid meteor shower.

All you need to know: 2019’s Leonid meteor shower

2019’s Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak on the morning of November 18, though under the light of a waning gibbous moon. Charts, tips and details here.

All you need to know: Orionid meteor shower

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower.  How and when to watch. In 2019, the peak mornings are probably October 21 or 22. But try watching now, before dawn, despite a bright moon.

Photos from 2019’s Perseid meteor shower

It’s a very special group of images of this year’s Perseid meteor shower, many taken in bright moonlight. Thanks to all who contributed photos!

Lyrid meteor shower: All you need to know

In 2019, April 23 is the expected peak morning. There will be a bright waning gibbous moon in the sky. Want to make the most of this year’s Lyrid meteor shower? Here’s how.

Amazing photo of a meteor streaking right in front of Venus

Best photos of 2018’s Geminid meteor shower

The shower peaked late last week, but, with all the comet excitement going on, people didn’t start submitting their best Geminid images until the weekend.

See it! The weekend’s meteor showers

Both Leonid and Taurid meteors were raining down this past weekend. Many said the Leonids were sparse this year, but the EarthSky community caught some! Photos here.

Favorite Perseid meteor shower photos

2018 was an exceptional year for August’s tried and true Perseid meteor shower.

Orionid meteor shower peak tonight!

This weekend is an awesome time to look for meteors in the annual Orionid shower. They’ll probably most prolific in the hours before dawn on October 21.

Forecast for Mercury: Morning micro-meteor showers

Mercury – with only the thinnest of atmospheres – has a continuous rain of micro-meteors wherever on the planet dawn is breaking.

See it! 2017’s Perseid meteor shower

Despite a bright moon, the brightest Perseids put on a good show. See photos from the EarthSky community here.

This week, a daytime meteor shower

The Arietid meteor shower is the strongest daylight shower of the year. It lasts from late May through early June. Will you see any meteors? Maybe. Try around the morning of June 7.

Lyrid meteor shower has begun

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25.

See it! 2015 Gemind meteor shower photos

Thanks to all in the EarthSky community who posted! To submit your photo, click the Submit Images button at the top of any EarthSky page.

See it! Orionid meteor shower photos 2015

The peak of the 2015 Orionid meteor shower has passed now. Here are some awesome photos from the Earthsky community!

Meteor shower at 40,000 feet

Another good reason to grab that window seat! Colin Legg captured this great photo of a meteor shower, seen from an airplane window.

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!

See it! Best photos of 2014’s Geminid meteor shower

Many commented that the 2014 Geminid meteor shower was the best meteor shower they’d seen in awhile. Thank you to all who posted photos!

Spectacular meteor shower on Mars from Comet Siding Spring

Several craft orbiting Mars saw its aftermath. Also, after Siding Spring passed, the MAVEN mission got the first direct measurements of dust from an Oort Cloud comet!

Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend

Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.

Best photos 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Many images of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower, posted as meteor season 2014 begins!

Everything you need to know: Camelopardalids could be the best meteor shower this year

North America is predicted to have the best view of a possible new meteor shower from Comet 209P/LINEAR Friday night through Saturday morning (May 23-24, 2014). The Camelopardalids, coming up!

May 21 video of parent comet for Friday night’s meteor shower

Comet 209P/LINEAR is small and dim. We won’t see it with the eye. But, Friday night, we might see its debris in the form of a strong, new meteor shower!

Photos from friends: 2014 Lyrid meteor shower

A collection of photos from the 2014 Lyrid meteor shower, which peaked on the morning of April 22.

Meteor shower from Comet ISON?

The chance of meteors from Comet ISON is remote, but we might see something. Info here about when to watch and what to expect to see.

Eta Aquarid meteor shower radiant point

No matter where you are, expect to see the most Eta Aquarid meteors in a dark sky between midnight and dawn.

See it! Lyrid meteor shower photos

For the past few days, our friends around the world have been out at night looking for meteors. Here are some of the great pics they’ve shared them with us!

Video: Meteor shower in high California desert

Can’t wait for tonight’s Lyrid meteor shower, or can’t watch due to clouds? Check out this beautiful video of the 2010 Geminid shower.

Comet ISON meteor shower

In January, 2014, Earth will pass through a stream of fine-grained debris from Comet ISON. Scientists say the resulting shower could have some interesting properties.

Are you ready for the Lyrid meteor shower?

Tips from an EarthSky community member on how to find a good location for the Lyrid meteor shower – and useful things to take with you if you decide to go out.

Death Valley Dreamlapse during peak of 2012 Geminid meteor shower

Gorgeous video made at the peak of the 2012 Geminid meteor shower over Death Valley. Bonus points for identifying the visible planets.

New meteor shower might coincide with 2012 Geminids!

Debris left behind by Comet Wirtanen might produce 30 meteors per hour, added to 100 meteors per hour from the Geminids. That would be an awesome meteor show!

EarthSky 22: Catch the Perseid meteor shower

When is the best time to see meteors this month? Plus more science stories and great music from our hometown of Austin, Texas.

EarthSky 22: Lyrid meteor shower!

Deborah Byrd talks about Lyrid meteor shower, peaking April 21-22. Song of the week Jesse Wood’s Neon Rose from his Moon Rocks EP.

October 8, 2011 Draconid meteor shower a winner!

Despite a bright moon, many people saw a good display of meteors in the Draconid meteor shower. Good job Canadian astronomer, Paul Wiegert!

Astronomer predicts dramatic Draconid meteor shower for October 8, 2011

The prediction for October 8 Draconid meteor storm favors all of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. A bright moon will interfere.

EarthSky 22 : Soft robots and meteor showers

A famous chemist on innovating our way to sustainability. A possible meteor extravaganza. And more – on your 22 minutes of science and music from beautiful Austin, Texas.

NASA scientist says Geminid meteor shower defies explanation

The Geminids are like the 900-pound gorilla of meteor showers. But the shower’s source – a rocky body called 3200 Phaethon – is more of a 98-pound weakling, says NASA.

Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.

Dark skies for 2020’s Quadrantid meteors

2020’s first major meteor shower is the Quadrantid shower. Best time to watch is probably late night January 3 until dawn January 4. Northerly latitudes are favored. No moon in the predawn hours (2 a.m. until dawn) this year!

Quadrantid meteors on night of January 3-4

The expected peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower in 2020 comes late evening January 3 until dawn January 4, with the predawn hours on January 4 being your best bet.

Ursid meteors peak around the solstice

This annual shower always peaks around the December solstice. The peak is probably Sunday or Monday morning, but watch Saturday morning, too, and into next week. The hours before dawn are best.

A line of white dots, with a grid system laid over it. A faint, fuzzy line connects some of the dots.

Astronomers spy the Geminid meteors’ dust trail in space

Astronomers held a press conference this week to discuss the trail of dust left by 3200 Phaethon – the mysterious blue rock-comet that spawns the Geminid meteor shower each year. This object was one of the 1st to blur the distinction between asteroids and comets.

Geminid meteors to peak this weekend

The shower is best around 2 a.m., but watch from late evening until dawn. The best morning is likely December 14, 2019. The moon is in the way, but many Geminids are bright. You might see some, even in moonlight!

Orion, the Bull, the Pleiades and a meteor

A long bright meteor, too, and on the night of the elusive Unicorn meteor shower … but not a Unicorn meteor.

Unicorn meteors proved elusive, after all

We’ve heard no reports so far today from anyone who saw a rich burst of meteors from the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros) last night. Looks like the meteor burst did not happen.

Moon in front of Taurus, radiant of North Taurid meteor shower.

Full moon subdues North Taurid meteor peak

Full moon comes on November 12, 2019, as the moon is sweeping through the constellation Taurus the Bull. This full moon comes on the peak night of the North Taurid meteor shower.

If you think the moon is an impediment to meteor-watching

The moon is big and bright nearly all night now. It’ll turn full on Tuesday, just as the North Taurid meteor shower reaches a peak. The moon is a problem for meteor-watching, but this owl … a bigger problem.

North Taurid radiant near Pleiades cluster.

North Taurid meteors to peak in moonlight

Slow-moving North Taurids don’t exhibit a sharp peak, so meteor rates may remain fairly steady for the next several days. Too bad about the moon!