There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast.
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The Lyrid Meteor shower will peak over the weekend but the sky might not be ideal.
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Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very bright. The shower peaks pre-dawn April 22.
Eta Aquariids- This shower peaks May 5 before dawn. There are typically 10-20 meteors per hour.
Delta Aquariids- View before July 27-30. The best viewing is before dawn. There are usually 15-20 meteors per hour. This year there will be a full moon.
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- Perseids- This is a very active shower. August 11,12,13 head outside from the late evening through dawn. The moon this year won’t get in the way.
- Draconids- This shower peaks October 8. It is better in the evening hours with only a handful of meteors per hour.
- Orionids- This shower peaks October 21 before dawn. There are 10-20 meteors per hour. The moon might get in the way.
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- South Taurids- This shower peaks November 4-5. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight and there will be no moonlight.
- North Taurids- This shower peaks November 11-12. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight.
- Leonids- This shower peaks November 17 or 18. Look before dawn on those mornings to see 10-15 meteors per hour.
- Geminids- This shower peaks December 13-14 with about 50 meteors per hour! It is best in the early morning before dawn.
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