Everything you need to know about this year’s meteor showers

Everything you need to know about this year’s meteor showers

Here is a list of meteor showers that will show up in our skies this year.

AQUARIIDS

Active: April 19-May 28

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Peaks: May 4-5

This shower is a strong one with 10-30 meteors per hour before sunrise. This year, the moon will be almost full so it will dim out some of the meteors.

PERSEIDS

Active: July 17-August 26

Peaks: Aug 11-12

The most popular shower of the year! It peaks in the summer so spending time outside on a warm summer night can be fun with the family. This is a very active meteor shower that can produce 50-75 meteors per hour. The moon will be about half full so you should still get a good view of the shower.

ORIONIDS

Active: Oct 2-Nov 7

Peaks: Oct 20-21

This shower produces about 10-20 meteors per hour but sometimes there is a spike. The moon will not be an issue this year.

SOUTHERN TAURIDS

Active: Sept 10-Nov 20

Peaks: Oct 29-30

This is a long-lasting shower in the fall. It produces a very low number of meteors per hour but it is known for fireballs which you could see through the month.

LEONIDS

Active: Nov 6-Nov 30

Peaks: Nov 16-17

This can produce meteor storms. This year it isn’t expected. It usually produces about 5 meteors per hour. The moon will be thin.

GEMINIDS

Active: Dec 4-Dec 17

Peaks: Dec 13-Dec 14

One of the stronger showers of the year. These meteors can be bright. The moon will be a thin crescent.

URSIDS

Active: Dec 17-Dec 26

Peaks: Dec 21-22

This shower produces 5-10 meteors per hour. Outbursts can produce 25 per hour. The moon will be about half full, so visibility may be varied.