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Find the radiant point for the Eta Aquariid meteor shower

Eta Aquariid meteors radiate from the Y-shaped group of stars called the Water Jar in the constellation Aquarius. Here are 2 ways to find it.

Comet Halley’s 2 meteor showers

The famous Comet Halley spawns the Eta Aquariids – going on now – and the Orionids in October. Plus where the comet is now, parent bodies of other meteor showers … and Isaac Newton’s Vis-viva equation, his poetic rendition of instantaneous motion.

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

EarthSky’s 2019 meteor shower guide

All you need to know about major meteor showers in 2019.

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.

Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Assuming ideal conditions, you might catch 10 to 20 meteors per hour in 2018’s Lyrid meteor shower. The peak is probably Sunday morning, but watch the mornings before and after, too.

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.

Eta Aquariid meteor over Indonesia’s Mount Bromo

Eta Aquariid meteors and the Milky Way over Mount Bromo.

Why more Eta Aquariid meteors in Southern Hemisphere?

It’s simply because sunrise comes later in May to the Southern Hemisphere, where autumn is now moving toward winter.

All you need to know: Eta Aquariid meteors

The new moon on May 4 will provide inky black skies for this year’s Eta Aquariid meteor shower. No matter where you are on the globe, watch for meteors on the several mornings around May 5.

Meteor over Colorado

Who saw Lyrid meteors this week? Chuck Mason captured this image on April 20. He said, “Lucky enough to have caught a Lyrid Meteor over the Dallas Divide, Ridgway, Colorado.”

Sky chart of moon and planets

Watch for moon, Jupiter, Lyrid meteors

That bright moon in the sky before sunup will drown most of the ongoing Lyrid meteor shower from view. But the moon offers its own delights, sweeping past Jupiter in the next few mornings.

Chart showing location of Lyrid meteor shower radiant point.

Find the Lyrid meteors’ radiant point

You don’t need to find the radiant to see the meteors. But it’s fun to spot, near the bright star Vega.

Fireworks over Shanghai, China, with artificial meteors in the sky.

A plan to create artificial meteors

Everyone loves a good meteor shower, but what about an artificial one? A Japanese company plans to create one and has just launched hundreds of pellets to space. They’ll ultimately rain down again in colorful displays.

Dark skies for 2019’s Quadrantid meteors

2019’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 this year!

Ursid meteors peak around December solstice

We anticipate the Ursid meteor shower will peak in 2019 on the morning of December 22 or 23, with perhaps a little disturbance from the waning crescent moon.

Start watching for Ursid meteors

The Ursid meteor shower peaks around the December solstice, which, in 2018, features a full moon. Start watching for the meteors now, from the wee hours to dawn, radiating from near the northern sky’s Little Dipper.

Geminid meteors peak this week

The shower is best around 2 a.m., but watch from late evening until dawn. The best morning is likely December 14. Mornings leading up to it might also offer some meteors as well, in the rich and reliable Geminid shower.

Moon, Saturn, Taurid meteors this weekend

The waxing moon is back in the evening sky for all of us around the globe. This weekend, it serves as your guide to the planet Saturn. Later at night, watch for the North Taurid meteor shower.