List of All Annual Meteor Showers

Most of us love meteor showers, and a good meteor shower can brighten anyone's night. Some of us more crafty guys have even used our knowledge of meteor showers and their annual occurrences to impress the ladies, or to create the perfect end to a perfect evening.

Whatever your reasons may be for loving those glowing streaks in the sky, it can be very handy to know when meteor showers will occur and where to find them in the sky. The list below is of forty-three annual meteor showers which occur either in the northern or southern hemispheres.

Some of the more prominent meteor showers are listed in capital letters.

 

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Annual Meteor Showers (Jan. - June)

QUADRANTIDS

Peak Date: Jan. 3

General Duration: Jan. 1 – Jan. 4

Hourly Rate: 55

Radiant (point of origin): Near Big Dipper in the Constellation of Bootes


Delta Cancrids

Peak Date: Jan. 16

General Duration: Jan. 1 – Jan. 31

Hourly Rate: 4

Radiant (point of origin): Between Leo and Gemini in the Constellation of Cancer


Alpha Centaurids

Peak Date: Feb. 7

General Duration: Jan. 28 – Feb. 21

Hourly Rate: 6

Radiant (point of origin): Southern Hemisphere in the Constellation Centaurus


Delta Leonids

Peak Date: Feb. 24

General Duration: Feb. 15 – Mar. 10

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): In the Constellation of Leo; usually faint


Gamma Normids

Peak Date: Mar. 13

General Duration: Feb. 5 – Mar. 22

Hourly Rate: 8

Radiant (point of origin): Southern Hemisphere in the Constellation Norma


Virginids

Peak Date: Mar. 20

General Duration: Mar. 5 – Apr. 2

Hourly Rate: 20

Radiant (point of origin): Between Leo and Libra in the Constellation of Virgo


LYRIDS

Peak Date: Apr. 21

General Duration: Apr. 19 – Apr. 24

Hourly Rate: 10

Radiant (point of origin): Near Vega in Constellation Lyra; from Comet Thatcher


Pi Puppids

Peak Date: Apr. 23

General Duration: Apr. 15 – Apr. 28

Hourly Rate: 5-40

Radiant (point of origin): Southern Hemisphere; from Comet Grigg-Skjellerup


ETA AQUARIDS

Peak Date: May 6

General Duration: Apr. 19 – May 28

Hourly Rate: 15

Radiant (point of origin): In the Constellation Aquarius; from Comet Halley


Alpha Scorpiids

Peak Date: May 16

General Duration: May 1 – May 31

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): Near Antares in the Constellation of Scorpius


ARIETIDS

Peak Date: Jun. 7

General Duration: May 22 – Jul. 2

Hourly Rate: 54

Radiant (point of origin): Visible before dawn in Constellation of Aries


June Lyrids

Peak Date: Jun. 16

General Duration: Jun. 10 – Jul. 24

Hourly Rate: 15

Radiant (point of origin): Near Vega in the Constellation of Lyra


Sagittarids

Peak Date: Jun. 19

General Duration: Jun. 1 – Jun. 15

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): Between Sagittarius and Scorpius


June Bootids

Peak Date: Jun. 28

General Duration: Jun. 28

Hourly Rate: 10-100

Radiant (point of origin): Near Big Dipper; from Comet Pons-Winnecke


Annual Meteor Showers (July - Dec.)

July Pegasids

Peak Date: Jul. 10

General Duration: Jul. 7 – Jul. 13

Hourly Rate: 3

Radiant (point of origin): In the Constellation of Pegasus (in the Great Square)


July Phoenicids

Peak Date: Jul. 13

General Duration: Jul. 10 – Jul. 16

Hourly Rate: 5-100

Radiant (point of origin): Southern Hemisphere in the Constellation of the Phoenix


Piscis Austrinids

Peak Date: Jul. 28

General Duration: Jul. 15 – Aug. 10

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): Near Pegasus in the Constellation Pisces


SOUTHERN DELTA AQUARIDS

Peak Date: Jul. 29

General Duration: Jul. 15 – Aug. 18

Hourly Rate: 25

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Constellation Capricornus


Alpha Capricornids

Peak Date: Jul. 30

General Duration: Jul. 3 – Aug. 15

Hourly Rate: 4

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Constellation Capricornus


Southern Iota Aquariids

Peak Date: Aug. 4

General Duration: Jul. 25 – Aug. 15

Hourly Rate: 2

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Constellation of Aquarius


Northern Delta Aquariids

Peak Date: Aug. 8

General Duration: Jul. 15 – Aug. 25

Hourly Rate: 4

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Constellation of Caprincornus


PERSEIDS

Peak Date: Aug. 12

General Duration: Jul. 17 – Aug. 24

Hourly Rate: 90

Radiant (point of origin): In the Constellation of Perseus; from Comet Swift-Tuttle


Kappa Cygnids

Peak Date: Aug. 17

General Duration: Aug. 3 – Aug. 25

Hourly Rate: 3

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Northern Cross in the Constellation of Cygnus


Northern Iota Aquariids

Peak Date: Aug. 20

General Duration: Aug. 11 – Aug. 31

Hourly Rate: 3

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Constellation of Aquarius


Alpha Aurigids

Peak Date: Sep. 1

General Duration: Aug. 25 – Sep. 8

Hourly Rate: 12

Radiant (point of origin): Near Taurus in the Constellation of Auriga


September Perseides

Peak Date: Sep. 8

General Duration: Sep. 5 – Oct. 10

Hourly Rate: 6

Radiant (point of origin): In the Constellation of Perseus; from Comet Swift-Tuttle


Piscids

Peak Date: Sep. 20

General Duration: Sep. 1 - Sep. 30

Hourly Rate: 15

Radiant (point of origin): Near Pegasus in the Constellation of Pisces


October Arietids

Peak Date: Oct. 8

General Duration: Oct. 1 – Oct. 31

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): Near Taurus and the Constellation of Aries


GIACOBINIDS (also Draconids)

Peak Date: Oct. 8

General Duration: Oct. 6 – Oct. 10

Hourly Rate: 200

Radiant (point of origin): In the Northern Sky near the Constellation Draco


Epsilon Geminids

Peak Date: Oct. 18

General Duration: Oct. 14 – Oct. 27

Hourly Rate: 2

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Constellation of Gemini


ORIONIDS

Peak Date: Oct. 21

General Duration: Oct. 2 – Nov. 7

Hourly Rate: 25

Radiant (point of origin): Between Orion and Gemini; from Comet Halley


Southern Taurids

Peak Date: Nov. 5

General Duration: Nov. 1 – Nov. 25

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): Near Pleaides in the Constellation of Taurus


Northern Taurids

Peak Date: Nov. 12

General Duration: Nov. 1 – Nov. 25

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): Near Pleaides in the Constellation of Taurus


Leonids (spectacular about every 33 yrs)

Peak Date: Nov. 17

General Duration: Nov. 14 – Nov. 20

Hourly Rate: 20

Radiant (point of origin): In Leo; from Comet Temple (500,000 /hr in 1966)


Alpha Monocerotids

Peak Date: Nov. 21

General Duration: Nov. 15 – Nov. 25

Hourly Rate: 4-400

Radiant (point of origin): Near Orion in the Constellation of Monoceros


Chi Orionids

Peak Date: Dec. 2

General Duration: Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

Hourly Rate: 3

Radiant (point of origin): Near Orion and Gemini


GEMINIDS

Peak Date: Dec. 5

General Duration: Dec. 4 – Dec. 7

Hourly Rate: 120

Radiant (point of origin): Near Gemini; from Minor Planet 3200 Phaethon


Phoenicids

Peak Date: Dec. 6

General Duration: Nov. 28 – Dec. 9

Hourly Rate: 30

Radiant (point of origin): Southern Hemisphere in the Constellation of the Phoenix


Monocerotids

Peak Date: Dec. 9

General Duration: Nov. 27 – Dec. 17

Hourly Rate: 3

Radiant (point of origin): Near Orion in the Constellation of Monoceros


Sigma Hydrids

Peak Date: Dec. 12

General Duration: Dec. 3 – Dec. 15

Hourly Rate: 2

Radiant (point of origin): Near Castor in the Constellation of Gemini


Puppid-Velids

Peak Date: Dec. 12

General Duration: Dec. 2 – Dec. 16

Hourly Rate: 4

Radiant (point of origin): Southern Hemisphere in the Constellation of Carina


Coma Berenicids

Peak Date: Dec. 20

General Duration: Dec. 12 – Jan. 23

Hourly Rate: 5

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Constellation of Leo in Coma Star Cluster


URSIDS

Peak Date: Dec. 22

General Duration: Dec. 17 – Dec. 24

Hourly Rate: 18

Radiant (point of origin): Near the Little Dipper; from Comet Tuttle

 

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caltex 5 years ago

Thanks for posting the dates! I've bookmarked this for reference. More often than not, it's been cloudy where I live when the meteors showers were forecasted to peak. The last time we were able to watch with clear skies was in December 2009. It was way too cold we were only able to stay out for only a couple of hours. Still, we enjoyed seeing some; a few of them were just awesome!


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Mandrake_1975 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thank you for the comment caltex!

Yes, I have noticed that the clouds tend to come when there are meteor showers, easily visible comets, or when it is a new moon out and great for stargazing. It must be just one of those things...

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