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See the Almanac's Meteor Showers Guide for 2014 for the dates of all the principal meteor showers during the year—plus viewing tips.

Meteor Showers Viewing Tips

  • To answer the most common question: Yes, you can see these meteor showers from ANYWHERE in the sky, provided it's clear and dark, away from all the city lights. Bright moonlight, within a few days of a full Moon, will also spoil the view, reducing the number of meteors that you will see.
  • Where to look? The best place to start is between the radiant and the zenith (straight above you). The radiant is where the meteors appear to start from, such as the constellation Perseus from which the Perseids appear to radiate.
  • When to look? The time of the year for each shower is determined by when Earth in its orbit crosses the stream of meteoroids. On the chart below, see the "date of maximum," which shows when meteor showers will be the strongest.
  • Note that the "best viewing" times are usually predawn and late evening. In nearly all showers, the radiant is highest just before dawn. (The Geminids are visible all night long, since Gemini arises just an hour or two after nightfall; the radiant is highest a little after midnight.) Sporadic meteors (unrelated to a shower) can be seen on any night, but increase in frequency after midnight and peak just before dawn.
  • Starting around midnight, your location on the globe spins around to the forward-facing half of Earth (in relation to the direction of orbit). At dawn, your location on the globe directly faces the direction in which Earth is traveling along its orbit. So between midnight and dawn, you'll be viewing the meteors head-on, for a more frequent display.
  • You don't need any special equipment. In fact, binoculars do not work for meteor showers. The naked eye is best.
  • Spread a blanket on the ground and look up in the dark night sky.

For more information, click here to read our article, "What are Meteor Showers: Facts About Shooting Stars."

2014 Meteor Showers Guide

Note that the meteor shower dates do not change much from year to year.

2012 Meteor shower chart

  • "Predawn" means an hour or so before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.
  • "Late evening" means approximately between 10 p.m. and midnight (or a little past).

In general, most major meteor showers are best seen after midnight; some do not even appear until after then. Usually, a better time to see them is after 2 a.m., and the best time is about an hour or so just before morning twilight. Geminids, however, can be seen starting earlier, such as around 9 or 10 p.m., until morning twilight. Sometimes Draconids may be visible at nightfall through early evening.

See the monthly Sky Watch for highlights of the night sky and a printable sky map!

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on Oct 20 2014 i seen a

By Geraldine Gregory on October 22

on Oct 20 2014 i seen a bright green ball falling from the sky it had a small tail did anyone else see this i live in Tenn

My daughter just texted me

By James Sirois on October 30

My daughter just texted me and said she saw a bright blue ball in the sky as she drove home from college. She was heading south from near NH going into northern Massachusetts, "Dad, this thing was huge and it was bright blue, I either saw a meteor or my first aliens. Totally serious!" Hmmmm . . . .could be?

Around 1am Oct 28 2014 My

By Chrissy811 on October 29

Around 1am Oct 28 2014 My friend and I seen a green ball of light form in the sky no higher then the buildings. It fell straight down very slow with a tail behind it and disappeared . I never seen anything like it! I'm in Virginia

Hello! I also saw this.

By Erin80 on October 30

Hello! I also saw this. Thought someone was setting off fireworks at first! I live in Virginia Beach, and I was standing outside Kempsville Rehab just before 1 AM.

I just saw the same thing

By juvetta on October 26

I just saw the same thing driving home tonight at 8:40pm in northeast NJ. Amazing!

I live in NE Alabama, I saw 3

By Amanda Ivey on October 23

I live in NE Alabama, I saw 3 shooting stars, the last one was huge, it was so big that i had time to get my husband to put down his drink and turn around to see it, before it burned out!! It was bright yellow, with an orange redish tail. I've never seen a shooting star of that magnitude! Beautiful and kind of scary!!

I just saw the biggest

By cm03177 on October 12

I just saw the biggest falling star about 30 mins ago (10:15 pm). It appeared to be an orange and blue ball with a green tail. I was wondering if anybody else happened to see it. I live in South Georgia.

wow how cool was that, did

By Lonni Clayton on October 21

wow how cool was that, did you get any pics

I saw the same thing at abt

By Vera Bella on October 15

I saw the same thing at abt the same time in the Oneonta NY sky. It was unlike anything I have ever seen. It wAs as though I was in a Disney movie. The most beautiful thing Id ever seen. Looked like it was do very close I was amazed and still am. Got a very special feeling a wonderful one

I saw it in Orlando FL!

By 78hustla on October 13

I saw it in Orlando FL! Exactly 10:15pm..thought it was a stray firework from Disney except 1000 times larger! I was driving W b on I-4 near Disney. Amazing.

I saw the same thing. In

By Stancanelli on October 12

I saw the same thing. In Dunedin Florida it was thick green and fell so fast. It was amazing

Forgot to mention it was

By Stancanelli on October 12

Forgot to mention it was around 10:15 pm looking east northeast

I saw a big bright blue

By romeo1410 on October 6

I saw a big bright blue falling object at around 4 am in colorado. Awesome sight

I just saw a orange like fire

By TerriS on October 10

I just saw a orange like fire ball with a long wide bright green tail falling from the sky. It didn't burn out all the way to the ground in the Palmetto Bay, Florida area. It was beautiful.

I just saw one but with a

By Kgunn1282 on October 10

I just saw one but with a blue ball fall out of the sky about 45 minutes ago heading south on the turnpike by exit 16 for 152nd/the zoo. Beautiful sight

Large meteor spotted around 8

By nlvalatka on October 4

Large meteor spotted around 8 pm in the Princeton NJ area. Had a bright green tail, and could see other colors near the head (I think). I have never seen anything so close, or bright. It eventually disintegrated in the short anount of time we saw it. I'm talking exceptionally large. Defiantly a moment I hope to remember forever.

I just saw the exact same

By cm03177 on October 12

I just saw the exact same thing tonight that you just described. I've seen meteor showers before but never nothing like that. It was surreal.

I saw the same thing

By Driver11 on October 5

I saw the same thing yesterday at the same time. Unreal. I barely believed it. So close but so far away

I also saw a large green

By Terri M. on October 4

I also saw a large green meteor around 8 PM while driving on RT 206 in Hillsborough. It looked so close it did'nt seem to be real. I feel so lucky to have seen it.

Date: October 3, 2014 Time:

By The Grand Am on October 3

Date: October 3, 2014
Time: 8pm Eastern Standard
Place: Morristown, New Jersey

A large shooting star (meteor) was seen traveling across the sky. It was extremely bright (close) and its tail seemed to be multi-colored. It was beautiful. I never saw one this close. It moved from left to right, falling on a slant toward the east. I immediately thought of a wish, as did my grandson whom immediately cried out, "Make a wish"....I did.... and so did he, wishing he would live in the land of minions from the kid movie,"Despicable Me"...by the way, great movie, took me years to watch it and when I did was moved to tears....

At any rate, our shooting star was magnificent and memorable...I wonder if anyone else saw it, sure they did....
PS> My wish was to live with everyone I loved, and that they loved me too....all you need it love....
The Grand Am

I'm pretty sure I witnessed

By heather weymer on October 6

I'm pretty sure I witnessed the same that night here in Bridgeport, Ct. I have seen some nice ones, but if this was the one you saw, it was exceptionally beautiful, green in color, and burned for a long time..very pretty :-)

I've seen exactly what you

By Kristine graff on October 5

I've seen exactly what you described in long beach ca years ago. Come to find out it was a failed practice missile launch. Dud!!

I saw one at 8 pm last night

By Testudo on October 4

I saw one at 8 pm last night in Maryland traveling south to north in the east sky. Blue in color and by far the largest meteorite I had ever seen. One was caught on video further north in Montreal.

tvanouvelles.ca/lcn/lebuzz/archives/2014/10/20141002-231220.html

Saw an amazing fireball over

By amber heedum

Saw an amazing fireball over wever iowa on Sept.28th around 9:30pm. It was absolutely stunning.

I live in Marion co Tenn I

By tammie womack

I live in Marion co Tenn I ant seen one in about 12 yes ago I wish I would see one it sure would make my day :)

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I was eating outside on my

By KIMBERLY GRIFFIN

I was eating outside on my porch at around 8:48 to 8:50 pm on September 25 2014 in Fairfield California. In the South - West a star fell with tail Bright white... could not tell the distance. but its position was angled at the clock hand 5 to 6 .. not completely straight down angled. later I saw a blink light in the West ... it was not a plane no tail. several planes I did see leave the direction from the earlier star.

I saw the largest Firebal

By Piankatankqueen

I saw the largest Firebal over interstate 64 leaving Richmond VA tonight..Didnt know what I was seeing and drove what seemed to be right under it and my phone seemed to crackle..It was approx 1:30 am..I freaked out and called state police ..Dispatcher called me back to tell me fireballs were bwing spotted..It was huge anjust kept flashing.It didnt seemto descend like other videos I saw..Just kept flashing...I watched it in the rearview mirror until I couldn't see it anymore...

Please ignore above smart

By Piankatankqueen

Please ignore above smart phone typos ;-)

I also saw a giant fireball,

By Anonymous

I also saw a giant fireball, 9-23-14 approx 10:00pm EST, looking west in NE Ohio. It was larger than anything I've ever seen, and looked as if it crashed to Earth. Tail was an incredible, well defined red/orange trail of sparks. It appeared to be so close that I've been half-joking about the military shooting down a UFO over the Ravenna Arsenal, since that was what it looked like from my perspective.

Northern Indiana, looking NW

By farmergal

Northern Indiana, looking NW saw a giant fireball with long tail. Seemed to last for about 5 sec. (I am sure it was shorter)
Looked is if it crashed into earth!

I just saw one that lasted a

By Geno carta

I just saw one that lasted a good 12 secs from sw horizon to the ne horizon so bright and defined tail went right pver me

on Sept,24th 2014 @12:10am

By Patrick Himebaugh

on Sept,24th 2014 @12:10am ish Eastern time Frederick, MD area facing east, I was out for my midnight smoke on the balcony as I also look at the stars too and I did witness what appeared to be a shooting star. It was bright white circle, kinda felt like it dropped, paused and then Zoomed in the eastern sky direction and it was quickly gone in a blink of an eye. the event happened very fast. I waited for more to come. but that was it.

Around 10:15pm EST, 9/23/14

By Lisa Rojas

Around 10:15pm EST, 9/23/14 Tuesday in Reynoldsburg,OH: was out for my usual night run, NE bound up Lancaster Ave., when I looked up and saw a giant fireball with a tail hurtling towards the earth at mach speed. Lasted a few seconds and then exploded....blew my mind. Never seen anything like it before.

My son and I saw it as well

By Diana T

My son and I saw it as well as we drove northbound on High Street through Clintonville. It was very amazing. Couldn't believe how bright it was in the city. It was brighter and larger than anything I had seen over the ocean.

I saw it too driving home

By Marnie Alford

I saw it too driving home from Pittsburgh heading NW towards Ohio. It was amazing. I didn't get to see the final explosion as it went behind a hill from my viewpoint but was wndering if I was insane for thinking that it was as huge as I thought.

Saw the fireball (shooting

By Mary E Evans

Saw the fireball (shooting star?) at 9:07 p.m. CST Lombard, IL. Very cool!

I also saw this fireball. We

By Sharon Bean

I also saw this fireball. We were headed south and I saw it on my left. It lasted a long time as far as shooting stars go (maybe 3 seconds) and had a long tail. Looked blue in color.

Saw same as IL after 9PM

By richard barr

Saw same as IL after 9PM driving east on I94 in Wisconsin. Very bright and long tail.

I was just on my way home at

By Lucas McMahon

I was just on my way home at about 10:30pm, i live in buffalo ny, I'm not sure what i saw but it slowly fell out of the sky and then disappeared, i saw it over the river. If anybody else saw it please let me know

I TOO SAW THE SAME THING I

By LUKE ARCADIPANE

I TOO SAW THE SAME THING I LIVE IN ELMA NY IT WAS A GIANT SHOOTING STARR AT THE SAME TIME AS YOU DID ... WEIRD

I saw a very bright white one

By Tammy Sherman

I saw a very bright white one very low. I saw those over North New Jersey around 8:30pm on September 17, 2014. Did anyone else see this?

Yes I did. A tad earlier over

By Nancy H

Yes I did. A tad earlier over Point Pleasant NJ heading almost directly north and low in the sky.

We live in northeast Oregon.

By Annie Brence

We live in northeast Oregon. Has anyone seen the pale orange lights in the sky. ? My husband saw them first approximately 9-7-2014 and then we both saw it on 9-16-2014. It is not a meteor or a falling star. It changes directions extremely fast, seconds to cross the valley then gone. Anyone have information ?? It's also not any type of aircraft that I know of. No flashing lights just a pale orange glow.

I do live in oregon and saw a

By amber100000 on October 7

I do live in oregon and saw a shining thing outside. I thought it was a shooting star or something, but looked on here and thought this was my answer.

Slatebelt area of PA...also

By Jane Burkholder

Slatebelt area of PA...also saw about a dozen meteors last night around 7:30PM. Really cool! Never saw that many before. Kids first time seeing meteors too!!

My husband and I and our two

By vklassen

My husband and I and our two oldest children saw the huge fireball with a tail shoot downward and explode into a greenish light then disappear. Saw it Sept. 13, at 8:14pm.

I also saw a big blue

By Kathleen Young

I also saw a big blue fireball fly across the sky sat evening over greenlake

I saw the same in the lower

By rada

I saw the same in the lower eastern sky

I live in NE Ohio and

By rada

I live in NE Ohio and regularly see shooting stars but have never seen a fireball. It lasted about 1 sec and looked like something exploded, fell and disappeared without a trace. Magnificent !

we live in S.C. and at

By tinaandjimmy

we live in S.C. and at aproximately 4:30 a.m. me and my husband saw a bright orange ball go across the sky, it lasted longer than a shooting star, and then it looked like it exploded into 2 pieces, we dont have a clue what that was

I did saw one around 10.45 pm

By Anju

I did saw one around 10.45 pm

Just saw the same bright

By Chiugo Nwofor

Just saw the same bright white light with a tail @1055 in Maryland . Pretty cool too fast though to take pictures.

Me and my daughter also just

By charesse

Me and my daughter also just saw the meteor it also scared me with the bright lights.I had no idea what that was very nice but to fast.

by the way that was in

By vklassen

by the way that was in Chilliwack B.C. looking toward Abbotsford

I just saw something that

By Mercedes

I just saw something that looked like a white ball of fire shoot across the sky 9/11/2014 around 9 pm it looked like a comet . Did anyone see it?

We saw it in the sky over

By Gail Kent

We saw it in the sky over Ganges, Salt Spring Island around 8:30 p.m. last night,heading west, very low in the sky, looked like it was heading down, past our treeline. White ball with a firey tail, beautiful, too fast for a picture.

We saw it in the sky over

By Gail Kent

We saw it in the sky over Ganges, Salt Spring Island heading west, very low in the sky, looked like it was heading down, past our treeline. White ball with a firey tail, beautiful, too fast for a picture.

Just saw an extremely bright

By Coastime

Just saw an extremely bright white light (with a tail) shooting low across the sky then it "broke up" and disappeared. Sunshine Coast, BC. September 13, 2014 around 8:40 pm.

I saw that too. I'm downtown

By bibbitybobbityboo

I saw that too. I'm downtown Vancouver, BC and it looked huge! It was so bright and blazed across the sky for a few seconds at around 830 pm tonight. I thought it might hit something! So beautiful though

I just saw one at about 8:30

By Chelseaczinger

I just saw one at about 8:30 pm in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

My husband saw it at that

By JL Hicks

My husband saw it at that time in eastern NC. It was to the southwest very bright and went straight down. He lost sight of it at the tree line. And waited to hear an explosion but didn't hear anything.

I saw exactly what you're

By Anissa Makris

I saw exactly what you're describing - but on 8/19 just after 9pm. Been watching skies here abt 17yrs + NVR saw such a lie - large bright white which traveled just over my house for abt 3" in sky. No tail - no color change - no satellite (seen many) or ISS. I have no idea what it was-like no other shooting star. Bright as a headlight pointing to ground-then just gone. Live in NH, very close to airport and CERTAIN wasn't a plane either. Odd others describe same thing at different places around globe just days after. Have NO idea what it was+have found no info explaining it either.

I saw something very close to

By eric buckley

I saw something very close to what Anissa describes. From here in Kansas City, Mo. on Sept. 20th 2014 at 7:27 p.m. looking north west kinda low in the sky just before sunset. Looked exactly like a comet with a tail only it was huge and I'm not aware of any visible to the naked eye comets or anything else the would have been in the sky at this time. I was able to get a couple pictures and even a short video. It was big enough to clearly make out even though I used the camera on my cellphone.

Just saw a "shooting star" at

By SlickRick

Just saw a "shooting star" at 9:30ish PM CST 9/12/2014 while taking my dog out to go to the bathroom.

I saw it while on Mt.Diablo

By tracksit

I saw it while on Mt.Diablo just before dawn. A large white ball with a large dust trail. Could not believe what I was seeing. Was not a meteor.

I saw it! It was amazing! It

By Joalena

I saw it! It was amazing! It looked super bright and like it was really close, didn't it? I've been trying to research it online to find out what it was but have found no info.

We saw 12 fireballs starting

By lori mallinak

We saw 12 fireballs starting in the east coming about 2 at a time, then heading west as some burned out. Can't find anything out in regards to this, what was it? August 12th around 10:00 pm

My neighbor and I saw it.

By Helen P

My neighbor and I saw it. What was it?

My husband saw the bright

By Lydia H

My husband saw the bright shooting stars halfway across the southern horizon last night 9/11/2014 approximately 9pm California time. Had a very long trail..

I have seen shooting stars a

By richard uwagbai

I have seen shooting stars a lot, I live in nigeria (africa), I don't know why people don't want to believe,i have seen a single star move on it own without burning like a shooting star,nobody believed me.pls I need to be believed

I believe you hun, I've seen

By Patricia Alt on October 23

I believe you hun, I've seen them also, thought I was crazy now know I'm not TY.

Hi I have a very nice

By Kristy Marie

Hi I have a very nice telescope that I bought for myself afteR I saved my money after starting my new job late last year but I have seen stars move too :).

My first ever meteor seen

By jackspot67

My first ever meteor seen tonight at about 20.45. Massive and not that high up,across Staffordshire England. Still in shock mode.

From USA- New York state -

By mellodie

From USA- New York state - NOT THE CITY-- I saw a very large meteor or star shoot across the sky. I have seen many falling stars, even have sat out in the yard with my children when they were young and home to watch meteor showers. This one was UNLIKE anyone I have ever viewed. It was HUGE and beautiful and it traveled vertical with a long tail behind it.....
do not know if something similar was seen from the person in Africa as I do not know your long. and lat. from me and time zone--highly doubt it but not sure.

Just saw an awesome meteorite

By TW

Just saw an awesome meteorite on a very slow burn going South to North over Colorado zip code 80820 directly overhead heading toward Denver - I've never seen such a slow burning falling star!

Lacey Washington98503 , i was

By Sheree spindel

Lacey Washington98503 , i was outside between 10:30- 11pm i was facing NE i think. On college street yelm high way on the side street i was looking crossed to the lows parking lot. It look like a ball of fire it happen so fast i shouted turn around turn around when she did it was gone! Did we all see the same one... Nobody believes me that i seen that

i, too, live off college

By tracie ireland

i, too, live off college street in Lacey WA and just saw the coolest thing ever. A big, bright ball went shooting across sky around 1:00 am. Had a tail on it and was very quick. Never seen anything like it. Wow - did anyone else see it???

We saw one too. Described

By kathylee333

We saw one too. Described exactly as you said. It was approx. 7:45 EST.

I saw that too, just west of

By Ron B.

I saw that too, just west of Chicago. What an amazing sight!

Saw it too from Ottawa,

By Tammy M.

Saw it too from Ottawa, Ontario. Amazing!

We saw one about one hour ago

By johnforsythe

We saw one about one hour ago out in moab Utah!it was awsome

My husband thinks he saw one

By jonssunnyt

My husband thinks he saw one a little while ago...we are in Maine. We're going back out to see if there are more. :)

August 23, 2014 - 3:15 a.m.,

By James R. Smith

August 23, 2014 - 3:15 a.m., Green burning Meteor inseen in Arkansas, meteor ejected something half way through the burn. Most likely, meteor contained high amounts of nickel to burn so green. Five second burn time. Just happened to be looking right at it when it entered the atmosphere.

We saw it too over eureka

By Terry J

We saw it too over eureka springs at that same time. Look like it flared up right before it disappeared.

I saw a Shooting Star last

By Mary Antonniette Policher

I saw a Shooting Star last night (AUG 23) around 9PM. . It was white and thicker that the rest that I've seen before. .

Yes I did . In area 34235

By H.pervis

Yes I did . In area 34235
Very bright and fast.
Was walking the dog.

Yes I did . In area 34235

By H.pervis

Yes I did . In area 34235
Very bright and fast.
Was walking the dog.

Mary - My husband and I saw

By Paula Remmers

Mary - My husband and I saw that too! It was the same night and time, and as you said, it was white and thicker than other ones we have seen!

We saw it too! It was huge,

By Carna

We saw it too! It was huge, bright, and looked like it had a green glow around it. Seemed way too big for a shooting star. Anyone know what it actually was???

I saw it also, near 9 pm I

By Ashes

I saw it also, near 9 pm I was in Kenosha WI.

Last night Aug, 17th, 2014 I

By Lorri Davey

Last night Aug, 17th, 2014 I saw the most amazing falling star. It was huge and didnt arc across the sky it seemed to fall straight down. It was in the south south west and bright orange. Did anyone else see it?

Yes, I saw this in Southern

By RachDe

Yes, I saw this in Southern CA, Orange County. This was the strangest, brightest, most beautiful thing I had ever seen in the sky. I thought it could have been a firework, since I didn't believe my eyes; it was stunning. It fell straight down, with a bright white tail and then had bright orangey colors coming off of it. It seemed to have a tiny break in the tail and then was bright again. It lasted for longer than I thought it would, but not long enough because when I shouted to my friends to look, it was gone.

I saw a Star UFO falling the

By James R. Smith

I saw a Star UFO falling the same time. They arr memicing stars.

Yes! We saw it from the beach

By Adelna

Yes! We saw it from the beach in New Jersey and were pretty sure it was a falling star but also surprised that it was so big.

I live in Pittsburg Missouri

By Lorri Davey

I live in Pittsburg Missouri if that helps.

Did I witness a star die? I'm

By Laurie Conway

Did I witness a star die? I'm in Tacoma, WA. I swear at 5 minutes to 5 a.m.facing the eastern sky, I saw a star go out. About 9 inches north if you could measure from the moon, there was an isosceles triangle of stars, with the brightest one on the top, top being west/bottom being east. In the middle of this triangle was a star that I swear I had a tail pulling from the moon so it was traveling north if it was a comet. I tried to get a picture but my camera wouldn't focus on its dim light. And as I looked up current star map, I checked the star location again and saw it tripple in brightness and poof was gone. I was watching it for over 15 minutes before trying to snap a picture or id it from a star map. Was this a late meteor, or the death of a star?

Saw one tonight arnd 9:30

By angelena

Saw one tonight arnd 9:30 ish! I live in warner robins ga. It was my very first one i wasn't even trying to find one but im so excited I wanted to see if any one else saw it. BEAUTIFUL! !

Hey! I saw a bright, white,

By Lindianajones

Hey! I saw a bright, white, slow moving object followed distantly by a dim, slow moving object between 11:45 and 11:58 pm pst last night from southwestern bc, canada. I assumed it was a satellite, but it confused me when it 'wobbled' a little bit. It lasted about 8secs before disappearing either in the moonlight (if it was a satellite) or into nothing. It was suggested that this was a 'fireball' but it seems like it lasted too long. Any ideas if this was a fireball or orbiting satellite??

The Perseids meteor shower is

By Almanac Staff

The Perseids meteor shower is going on now. But there are also minor meteor showers making a show as well. The Alpha Capricornids and the Kappa Cygnids can produce slow-moving meteors. Alphas with some fireballs; Kappas are sometimes quite bright with fireballs. Could it be one of those that you saw? If I've done the calculations correctly, the International Space Station was not over North America at that time. For future and past sightings of the ISS and satellites, see:

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.U-tsz0hH8io

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/SSapplications/Post/JavaS...
(click on SkySearch)

I have been seeing this also

By SmashCast

I have been seeing this also the past few weeks around that same time frame. I am in the US in Colorado. They have been in the northern sky and also a little east if you're looking straight up. They stay lit for a few seconds, disappear then reappear and so on. In one case it flashed very brightly & disappeared. Thought it was satellites as well but, felt it odd that they would keep disappearing as they were.

Hi i live in Ireland i also

By Anthony Ryle

Hi i live in Ireland i also seen bright lights lasting about 15sec or more its not a satellite i know the difference between them, one time i was watching 1 and it changed course it was very strange but the meteor shower in the 12th-13th of this month was awesome

Please don't say/ write "I

By martin diow

Please don't say/ write "I SEEN".

Omg, I seen 3 two nights ago,

By JeremyfromMichigan

Omg, I seen 3 two nights ago, 2 yesterday and 3 tonight!!! They looked like directly above my house and all 3 shot to the west!!! We couldn't believe we soon so many!!! Odd thing is, every single one except one of them changed direction drastically!!!

Yeah! I saw 1 yesterday and 1

By StarSpotter

Yeah! I saw 1 yesterday and 1 today! Yay! I feel so lucky because I have never seen a shooting star before in my life!

me toooooooooooo saw a

By aakansha

me toooooooooooo saw a shooting starrrrr

The only problem with the

By Ace Attura

The only problem with the Perseids (which my Grandfather, Nonno Giuseppe loved to view) is that is usually RAINS here during that time. Only once did I go to the balcony at 4 am one morning in Aug and see a FALLING STAR!!!! I made a wish! "May it break in my favor" <:-)....waidaminit <:-( Oh no -- that was a wishbone wish......

In 2014, it's best to catch

By Almanac Staff

In 2014, it's best to catch the Perseids a week in advance of their peak because the full Moon falls on August 10 and the glare of the Moonlight will make it harder to see them. At least you know now!

My husband and I are going to

By Retter

My husband and I are going to the mountains of North Georgia to view the Perseid Shower On the 11 and 12 of Aug 2014. What are our chances of a good viewing?

Hi Retter, In 2014, the full

By Almanac Staff

Hi Retter, In 2014, the full Moon falls on the 10th of August and it's a perigee Moon so brighter than average. I'm afraid that it's not a good time to view the Perseids. See more:

http://www.almanac.com/content/sky-watch-august-2014

http://www.almanac.com/content/full-sturgeon-moon-augusts-moon-guide

21 de Julho 2014 at 6.23 Am i

By Telma

21 de Julho 2014 at 6.23 Am i was driving when a saw a Comet ... It WAS REALLY REALLY BIG it was a big ball of fire crossing the blue shy for really long time when i lost it from my eyes i still saw the light and all the way that the comet made on the shy, i was really scary because it was big and it dindt disaper on air i saw it during like almost 10 mints crossing the sky on fire and it didnt disappear just keep on going... me and my boyfriend we just froze lokking at that !! But still nothing on the News.... :/
Did any of you saw it?

My cousin and some of his

By Hanna

My cousin and some of his friends saw it, too! I'm assuming in Greeley cause that's where he lives, and he's freaking out about it. Just wanted to let you know someone else saw it!

You may want to have your

By Zeaos

You may want to have your eyes or your head examined. A huge fire ball that flew across the sky for 10 minutes....LOL I don't think so....

I saw a "falling star" Friday

By AlexisNicole

I saw a "falling star" Friday night about 10:15 pm on the 65 to Roseville. As it was falling I saw the fire slowly going out and under was a rock like ball similar to charcoal. Wasn't on the news. I have been searching the web all over to see if anyone else saw it or if it was reported to the news but do far nothing. Did anyone see this that night? And have u heard anything about where it landed? It was pretty big so I'm guessing at least part of it landed somewhere...right?

At 1130ish pm on July 22,2014

By scrappy

At 1130ish pm on July 22,2014 seen the same thing and i was very startled by it as well.

I also saw this. I live in

By Ronni Dell

I also saw this. I live in Santa Clarita, Ca. It looked bluish in color and came straight down. You could see large partials breaking off, leaving a trail. It was very large.

hello ! good !

By mariakaka

hello ! good !

I'm back with the stars and

By SooYoung

I'm back with the stars and glad I found your website. I saw the Geminid meteor shower 2 years ago and I saw around 30. I sat on our rooftop at 2pm until morning. It was magnificent. Hope to see them again this August. Hopefully:)

I sat around 2am I mean. I

By SooYoung

I sat around 2am I mean. I live in Taiwan by the way. I was very lucky to have seen a lot.

Meteor experts around the

By Jeff DeTray

Meteor experts around the world are scratching their heads about this one. The Camelopardalid meteor shower was a bust, to put it mildly.

Even under ideal conditions, experienced meteor observers saw fewer than 10 Camelopardalid meteors. Measurements made using radar indicate that many Camelopardalid meteors were simply too faint to see with the unaided eye. They were up there but below the threshold of visibility. I personally saw only two Camelopardalids, although one of them was pretty spectacular -- a long, slow-moving meteor that brightened and dimmed a couple of times as it trailed across the sky.

It is disappointing for us when science makes predictions that are not borne out by reality. In astronomy, it's happened twice this year, first with Comet ISON and now with the Camelopardalid meteors.

These are examples of one of the most beautiful things about science. In the community of science, both successes and failures are always right out in the open for all to see. In pursuit of scientific knowledge, we often learn more from the failures than we learn from the successes. Astronomers accumulated a large amount of data concerning the Camelopardalid meteors and are already analyzing it and learning from it.

You can bet that the next time circumstances suggest a similar meteor shower may occur, astronomers will apply what they have learned from the Camelopardalid meteors. The knowledge gained in May 2014 will make future predictions more accurate.

Jeff DeTray

We sat outside all night,

By dingbatqueen

We sat outside all night, giving ourselves some serious neck cramps and didn't see a single meteor on the night of May 24th. When searching the net for comments from others or specifics about this lack of the meteor showers, no one has said anything about it. Zilch! I wonder how many people and websites have egg on their face? I guess this thing is sort of hard to predict but I wished we could have seen at least one! I hope the next one won't disappoint as this one did for I really need my beauty rest!! ;D P.S. - I live in southwest Florida, where the view was supposed to be the best for the show. Anyone see *anything* at all??

I saw two in two hours of

By Robert Kirkpatrick

I saw two in two hours of looking. I had my camera set up, but neither of them were in the picture area. Oh, well.

SORT OF im relieved to see

By ValorieCW

SORT OF
im relieved to see your post , as i searched for others comments/videos/observations etc anything regarding the shower. We are located in S. Idaho , drove for several hours into the dark desert where viewing would have been perfect, we were there from 11:30pm-5am, i personally saw two, the funny thing is it was right when we were feuling up in the city lol surrounded by lights! and it was quite big semi slow moving but bright, we drove out immediatley very excited to see more, on the way out at about midnight there was one more small one. then for the entire night we didnt get anything except some gnarly neck cramps :-/. so thats the report from me from idaho, quite bummed about it but atleast i saw one good one. (but in the city!?LOL)hoping for a good sky show again soon! thanks for your post :) ive been very curious about other view points all weekend, has anyone else in Florida claimed to see any since youve posted?

We live in northern

By Stargazer11

We live in northern California near San Francisco and had a clear dark sky but after 2 hours of looking we didn't see anything. I wonder if predawn would have been better.

Meteor experts around the

By Almanac Staff

Meteor experts around the world are scratching their heads about this one. The Camelopardalid meteor shower was a bust, to put it mildly.

Even under ideal conditions, experienced meteor observers saw fewer than 10 Camelopardalid meteors. Measurements made using radar indicate that many Camelopardalid meteors were simply too faint to see with the unaided eye. They were up there but below the threshold of visibility. I personally saw only two Camelopardalids, although one of them was pretty spectacular -- a long, slow-moving meteor that brightened and dimmed a couple of times as it trailed across the sky.

It is disappointing for us when science makes predictions that are not borne out by reality. In astronomy, it's happened twice this year, first with Comet ISON and now with the Camelopardalid meteors.

These are examples of one of the most beautiful things about science. In the community of science, both successes and failures are always right out in the open for all to see. In pursuit of scientific knowledge, we often learn more from the failures than we learn from the successes. Astronomers accumulated a large amount of data concerning the Camelopardalid meteors and are already analyzing it and learning from it.

You can bet that the next time circumstances suggest a similar meteor shower may occur, astronomers will apply what they have learned from the Camelopardalid meteors. The knowledge gained in May 2014 will make future predictions more accurate.

Jeff DeTray
www.AstronomyBoy.com

Is there supposed to be a

By Nikki88

Is there supposed to be a meteor shower on May 24, 2014?

Yes, do a google search on

By Kevin W

Yes, do a google search on "Camelopardalids" for more info. Depending on the timezone you are in, it will begin on the 23rd or 24th and last for a couple of hours.

Nice one tonight - E-W,

By Tony A

Nice one tonight - E-W, extinguished before edge of vision, possibly Lyrid? Very bright, roughly 1.25 seconds long appearance.

4-13-2014 after 5am EST just

By Andy3010

4-13-2014 after 5am EST just saw a really bright one from inside my house with the lights on. This had to be seen by others. Brighter than a typical meteor shower.

April 6, 2014 Predawn meteor

By Jerome Charles

April 6, 2014 Predawn meteor or other bright "falling star" in the eastern sky near Green Bay, WI approx 45 degrees above horizon. I was looking up at the exact time and what was cool is that the clouds were beginning to have that red glow from the sun coming up and the bright flash across just added to the spectacle. Talk about the sky "pouring forth speech."

I live in Weston- super-mare

By sidkp

I live in Weston- super-mare at approximately 02:15 witnessed a shooting star fire ball very big the largest i haveever seen. Between the plough and signus constellations can anyone verify this because i couldn't believe my eyes. OMG !!

I saw a very fast moving

By cumfy

I saw a very fast moving fireball in Edinburgh on the 20th March. It made a popping sound as it exploded and must have been less than 400m altitude.

It was moving from West to East.
I wonder if this foretells the Virginids being particularly spectacular this year ?

Saw a fireball / meteorite

By Kevin Curran

Saw a fireball / meteorite while on Mauna Kea on 2/26/14. It went southwest away from Orion.

There's a really cool list of comets and meteor shower http://www.fallofathousandsuns.com

It has a list of all meteor showers in chronological order, peak viewing dates, parent bodies, etc, and you can sort comets by all sorts of information (next perihelion, discovery, size, etc.)

2/16/14 11:50pm Venango PA

By johnny crombach

2/16/14 11:50pm Venango PA looking west a bright object caught mine and my fiance's eye maybe shooting star? it was very bright reddish orange and blueish white it had a very long tail of sparks trailing it.so cool looking .never seen one like this one and its the first one i ever saw in the winter time

Saw shooting star falling

By Gareth

Saw shooting star falling steeply ESE from mid Bedfordshire at 6.16 pm

This morning 27th of February

By nieyolight

This morning 27th of February 2014 at around 06:36 , my location was in Steenderen, I spotted a bright meteor falling to the eastern side in three seconds before it's toally gone. Very amazing to see it longer and brighter than the meteors I have seen before in the past. First I thought it was a flare since it was so bright and lights longer in the air. Have anyone saw similar one today around that time. I wonder??

2/17/1997 2:32 AM North

By MorningGoryKing

2/17/1997 2:32 AM North Edwards,Ca. I saw the same thing,but as it grew close,it came directly at me,somehow i knew it was not going to harm me,so it was useless to run anyway. By then it seemed to change shape and appeared to be a capsule shape dark object but the bottom still glowed as it cooled and hovered in the air about 100 feet above me ,I kid you not!!

I live in Langley, BC Canada

By t dey

I live in Langley, BC Canada At 3:10 a.m. I saw a meteor and it was bright and colorful I was looking to the south sky.Amazing

I just saw a meteor at 5:47

By Ron Braho

I just saw a meteor at 5:47 am 02/12/14 West Middlesex,Pa . It was going West to East right above the bottom two stars of Big Dipper.

I saw a shooting star with a

By Harborman

I saw a shooting star with a nice long duration going east to west over Arlington VA at about 9:15 pm on Feb 9, 2014.

On 1/29/14 somewhere between

By C. Randall

On 1/29/14 somewhere between 9:15 and 9:30pm, my wife and I saw a really really close green shooting star. It came down right behind one of the apartment buildings behind ours and fell out of view. It was one of the closest ones I've ever seen. It had an orange tail. First one I've seen with a tail like that. It was the first time my wife's ever seen one. I would usually be alone when I saw one. It's nice to know that other people see them too, because every time I tell someone about one I've seen, no body ever knows what I'm talking about.

I JUST SAW GREEN ONE CAME IN

By Roger Starr

I JUST SAW GREEN ONE CAME IN VERY LOW ALL ALONE WAS THE BIGGEST I HAVE EVER SEEN

Ive seen that too!! It was

By CindyFrank

Ive seen that too!! It was like size of basketball, it was lit up with beautiful blue/green color real bright then ad it touched road a few feet from our car it just got real small or ran out of light. Ibwas a bit scared but it was real nice go see

You are making this up. A

By Zeaos

You are making this up. A basketball sized comet that his a few feet from your car would have killed you. Nice try.

I'm not exactly sure what I

By Shell35

I'm not exactly sure what I saw in Cross Lanes, WV on 1/28 at approx 8pm E. Seemed way too big to be a shooting star. The next day I heard someone mention a video from security cameras. V100 in Charleston posted posted to their FB.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/V100fm/posts/10203048214585604?comment_id=8037475&notif_t=like

I think I saw the same one

By Bryan Stenfors

I think I saw the same one you did. Was it between 10 & 11 PM CST last night?

It was the biggest falling star I have seen as well. Very bright and had a decent sized "tail" to it.

I think I saw the same one

By Bryan Stenfors

I think I saw the same one you did. Was it between 10 & 11 PM CST last night?

It was the biggest falling star I have seen as well. Very bright and had a decent sized "tail" to it.

Evening of 1/25/2014 I've

By Mike In Indy

Evening of 1/25/2014
I've seen (during an hour period), 4 brilliant, red, "fast-movers" that appear to rise from the East-Southeastern horizon, and shoot upward and to the North, from just West of Indianapolis, but am unaware of any "scheduled" meteor showers radiating from this direction/azimuth.
Anyone interested, please check these out, as they're truly beautiful displays, and are "large enough" to earn "fireball" status.

Jan 24 2014 I live in wichita

By Billy350

Jan 24 2014 I live in wichita ks I saw a green metorite with a flame trailing it I saw it about 7pm south west of me

Saw the same green comet

By jan Dissault

Saw the same green comet around 6pm over Seattle. Fell very low!

Jan. 24, 2014 - I live in El

By Sandra776

Jan. 24, 2014 - I live in El Reno, Oklahoma and saw the same thing, same time, same location in the sky..

I saw one just like this in

By Holly Swanson

I saw one just like this in TN about 7:15 this evening

On Sept 11th a close friend

By j hawk

On Sept 11th a close friend of mine saw. a meteorite touch down near boulder Colorado and latter retrieved a few pieces near a creek it was also the night the horrible flood started we are trying. to get it analyzed what advice is there in this matter

Hi I think I might of seen a

By Nath

Hi I think I might of seen a shooting star or something On the 19th or 20th of December it was I bright bluey purple and shot across the sky and disappeared quickly but I just wanted to know how likely it is I seen one tho I know they happen all the time.

I live in Sacramento, CA I

By Dan Ruiz

I live in Sacramento, CA I was facing west/northwest and saw a falling star that traveled from the north to the south west at about 9:10-9:15 PST. It traversed across the sky looking larger than normal and stayed bright until I lost it behind the neighbors house.
Did anyone else witness this?

The Geminids were kind of a

By State-of-Jefferson

The Geminids were kind of a bust here in the beautiful state of Jefferson. The weather was clear, but The almost full moon was out most of the night. I even went outside pre dawn on Sat. And Sun., after the moon had set, and only saw a couple. Hope for a better show next time around.

What about western Canada?

By Karen Noble

What about western Canada? When is the best time to view? I'm in BC...

Got to see some meteors last

By Chucksta

Got to see some meteors last night! stood out around 2 am in the morning new york city time. didn't see much for at least a half an hour. I was surrounded by tall buildings and lights, so I went to a less lit area in someones backyard, in the dark, a couple of blocks away. then I watched my show! Dozens of hair strand like meteors were filling the sky. minutes in between them. Those weren't as fun as the one I saw a little later. There was a good pause, THEN A LONG ORANGE METEOR CROSSED THE SKY FOR ABOUT 6 SECONDS! It was a bit slower then the white and rapid ones I was seeing, but this one was a whopper! It basically went in the opposite direction of all the other meteors were going in. IT WAS A GREAT TREAT!

I live in Titusville Florida

By Kenneth Dunn

I live in Titusville Florida and was wondering if we here at the space center will be able to see the DEC 13 and 14 metero shower from here and about what time ?

New Smyrna Florida since 1am

By Louis M

New Smyrna Florida since 1am seen 64 meteors over the eastern sky its now 2am.

I think I just saw a comet.

By Erica Sosa

I think I just saw a comet. it was bright green with a huge tail behind it and then it just fizzled out of no where... so cool first time ever that I saw anything like that

why are some meteor showers

By State-of-Jefferson

why are some meteor showers only visible during pre-dawn or late night, instead of all night long? i'm sure they dont "wait" for a specific time to enter our atmosphere.

Hi, State-of-Jefferson, good

By Almanac Staff

Hi, State-of-Jefferson, good question! We asked our astronomer your question for more clarity. Please see revised explanation in article above. Best, the OFA editors

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.

By Yayua

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA. 5:14PM. I SAW A GIANT GREEN LIGHT WITH BLUE OUTLINE WITH A TAIL FALLING DOWN FROM THE SKY. I KNEW IT WASN'T A SHOOTING STAR. I SERIOUSLY THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO BLOW UP.

Meteor actually started

By Jamie bender

Meteor actually started around 4:30pm seen from superior, wi area. Check out northland news if you want to see pictures. Should be verified by tonight sometime.

What else did you see?

By Nick Klaes

What else did you see?

Are you asking what I saw?

By Jamie bender

Are you asking what I saw? Google rare meteor picture 2013 or this meteor sight page has 8 pictures that they posted. http://www.amsmeteors.org/photos/

Seen shooting star over

By Tod Sage

Seen shooting star over asheville 20:42 relativly slow and low headed west north west.

11-13-13. About 4:55am.

By Christopher. DiMau4o

11-13-13. About 4:55am. saw huge white meteor size of car tire shoot towards earth downward angle... had a white tail visible for about 3 sec.. lost sight in tree line.... Seymour ,ct

I saw 2 nice shooting stars

By Teeshyne

I saw 2 nice shooting stars with tails in Sevierville,tn last nite. the best 1 I ever saw was in west ft Lauderdale. it sounded like someone welding, lit up the whole area as bright as a welder does. left a glowing green gas cloud that lasted 15 or so minutes. very awesome to see!

Halloween 2013 sitting on

By Blon2u

Halloween 2013 sitting on deck at Canyon Lake Texas with my sis & husband around 10:30 - midnight we saw 3 shooting stars. Then after midnight I observed three more. All were fast. Two of them were more horizontal than the others. Fantastic. Milky Way was present, and could see the Seven Sisters and Orion. Very interesting site & replies. Thank you for your information.
While in Florence SC late Feb 2008, we observed I guess a metor hit a field that was bright fiery, then had a blue color. I will know keep up with days and hope to see many more.

I saw a shooting star in this

By Hermon

I saw a shooting star in this morning at 11:00pm in Ethiopia

Yes , in sep 30, 1013 morning

By Bithanya

Yes , in sep 30, 1013 morning I saw a shooting star in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

I saw a shooting star/meteor

By Amanda C.

I saw a shooting star/meteor at around 8:45 pm, September 28..it broke into 5 pieces and one piece started going sideways. Did anyone else see it? We're in southern ohio...it was the most amazing thing!

I saw one too in Woodbridge,

By Cinnamon Carriaga

I saw one too in Woodbridge, VA at around 1:28am, 18 Oct 2013. It was an amazing sight! Thought it was a shooting star at first, but it was huge and moving fast. Saw the tail wind and all!

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 we

By Lpellerito

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 we were around a bonfire. I was sitting facing south, both my neighbor and I stood up and yelled as a huge shooting star or a meteor zipped thru the sky; it was moving very fast towards downtown Atlanta.
I am surprised no one else reported seeing it. That very was exciting!!

Hi, Cinnamon Carriaga, I just

By Homebound47

Hi, Cinnamon Carriaga,
I just moved from Woodbridge, VA, about 2 months ago to Nevada where I saw one last night outside of Lake Tahoe. So cool.

Thanks for sharing. I

By Cinnamon Carriaga

Thanks for sharing. I haven't been to Lake Tahoe yet. It's on my list of places to go. I heard it's beautiful. Looking forward to seeing it for myself soon :)

So sorry i missed the action

By cheryl h

So sorry i missed the action sept 28!
We just saw a much smaller one in Terence Bay NS Can at 01:31 and it was quite unexpected.

Saw a very large meteor from

By JeanieT

Saw a very large meteor from Athens Ohio early this morning, around 2AM, Sept 28, 2013. It was stunning! First time I have ever walked out with the purpose of watching for one and immediately seeing something so huge! It was directly overhead. I also saw a few small ones early evening on the 26th.

Yes! Near midnight on Sept.

By Almanac Staff

Yes! Near midnight on Sept. 27-28, NASA cameras recorded a brilliant fireball, which analysts believe was a meter-class space rock exploding almost directly above Columbus, Ohio. Images and more information about this event may be found on: http://spaceweather.com.

At about 11:40 pm in

By Missy_sue1123

At about 11:40 pm in Parkersburg ,WV. I saw something I guess a shooting star. Can anyone confirm this ?? It was bright had a tail ( I guess a tail the brightness left a trail at least) also it had color a green tinge to it.

We saw it too!!!! We were

By AAA

We saw it too!!!! We were looking at stars and around 11:30 or 11:40 pm all of a sudden the whole sky lit up. We didn't see the meteor or shooting star maybe we were just looking in the wrong direction (east) but we did see the unusual bright sky at night for about one second :) Impressive!!!!!

It was seen here in pike

By pike county ohio

It was seen here in pike County (southern ohio) too. Just awesome!

Some friends and I were in

By James S.

Some friends and I were in Reno, outside of Marietta, Ohio and saw it also. It was exactly as you described.

We saw it here in kanawha

By jonathan white

We saw it here in kanawha county wv too wonder what it was

Yes I saw it. My sister and I

By Amanda Randolph

Yes I saw it. My sister and I were on her backlog deck in Vincent, Ohio. It was huge!!! Amazing!

26sept13 @2228 saw shooting

By steven parker (suttles)

26sept13 @2228 saw shooting star in lake city south carolina usa. was looking straight up and it shoot directly over me.

Just point of interest at

By Jacqueline tew

Just point of interest at 0330on 26th sept 2013
in Sussex UK I saw a huge bright moving light bigger than any i have ever seen travelling from east to west

Yeah! So did I, I was

By Adria

Yeah! So did I, I was watching tv, and I have large windows in my living room, saw a large call of light and a streak behind it, (wonder if it hit my neighbor ^^)

I saw a meteor or comet

By 1jewels1

I saw a meteor or comet today. New York New Rochelle area at about 7:40... can this be confirmed?

I saw a couple in PA between

By siteations

I saw a couple in PA between 5-5:30am. One around 5ish was very bright, the second at around 5:15ish was not as bright.

I saw perhaps the same

By ctresident

I saw perhaps the same shooting star at about 5:10 AM in CT. It was in the North East sky and was the brightest shooting star I had ever seen. The heavens were lit in spectacular fashion.

Noticed 6-7 shooting stars

By David Schl

Noticed 6-7 shooting stars over an hour starting at 3 am 9/10/13, n/nw from Bandon, OR. Didn't think it was a major shower, was checking site and saw others reporting similar.

At about 9 pm on September

By Veronica G

At about 9 pm on September 8th we saw a lovely shooting star in the northeastern sky in Vancouver BC. The comet's tail had a multi-coloured halo. Any idea of which comet or meteor this is? It was much larger and slower than anything I've seen before, and "fell" for about 5 seconds.

At about 2:20 a.m. (eastern

By Angeldove

At about 2:20 a.m. (eastern time) on September 11, I saw a beautiful falling star - yellowish/goldish in appearance and it had a tail. I saw it in the northwestern sky. Very beautiful!

No major meteor showers occur

By Almanac Staff

No major meteor showers occur in September, but you probably saw a stray meteor/fireball, which can occur on any night. (On September 8, 2013, there were reports of fireballs in Oregon and California, USA.)

Meteors can burn with different colors, from orange-yellow, yellow, and red, to blue, green, or violet. This depends on the metals in the meteor, and which atoms/molecules in the atmosphere it hits.

A meteor's tail (called a train, or wake) can last about 1 to 10 seconds. Sometimes, a bright fireball can leave a persistent train that lasts a few minutes to over 30 minutes.

Factors that affect the speed of a meteor in the atmosphere include its size, its initial speed, and the angle when it hits the atmosphere.

For more information, you might be interested in these pages from the American Meteor Society:

http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-faq/

http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/faqf/

Update 9/12/13:

By Almanac Staff

Update 9/12/13: Spaceweather.com today mentions the "September epsilon Perseids" meteor shower, a minor shower that appears in September and peaks around Sept. 9; this year was especially prolific. Europe saw quite a show at midnight on Sept. 9 and 10; in North America, we couldn't see it because of daylight. However, stray fireballs had been seen for several days. It could be that the Sept 8 and 11 sightings in North America mentioned by readers were related to this minor shower.

For more information, you might go to Spaceweather.com, or to the American Meteor Society's page:

http://www.amsmeteors.org/2013/09/meteor-activity-outlook-for-september-7-13-2013/

when is the next shooting

By lala10ross

when is the next shooting star

I also saw a shooting star at

By kyla

I also saw a shooting star at about 8pm in Nigeria. It was such a beautiful sight

I saw a Beautiful large

By Kay Bell Arnold

I saw a Beautiful large shooting 'star' 3:20 AM this morning August 28, 2013. It was a 'burning ball' with orange, yellow and a lot of green & a tail. It seemed to take a long time to travel from my left to right (SW to NE). It looked to be right over the fields of Jefferson & Burke Counties in Georgia, U.S.A. God IS AWESOME!

Just saw a bright green

By Cmtrafford

Just saw a bright green shooting star go from SW to NE over Missoula, MT. About 3:15 am.

I just saw the same one here

By Susan Skaggs

I just saw the same one here in Wyoming, very big and very green. Never seen one like it before. So glad I stepped out when I did.

Ocean City, NJ ----> I saw a

By Antigone

Ocean City, NJ ----> I saw a comet around 3:30ish am today, Thursday the 15th. Totally rad!

Too cloudy....help. can I see

By guidry95

Too cloudy....help. can I see tbem still with intermittent clouds?

Just saw one 13 August 01:35.

By Doni

Just saw one 13 August 01:35.

London, United Kingdom 1.30am

By Stargirl

London, United Kingdom 1.30am 13/8/13

I just saw two about five minutes apart. Visibility is good even with street lights. Enjoy this wonderful spectacle. A blessed and luminous night to everyone across the world.

Last night around 12am I saw

By Luis Ba

Last night around 12am I saw like 3 shooting stars in the southwest!

Just saw a shooting star over

By Vickydoyle24

Just saw a shooting star over tramore co Waterford Ireland was fab first time ever seeing it

Just saw a shooting star

By Anonymoususer

Just saw a shooting star lasted about a second in north eastern sky i live in south western pennsylvania anyone know what comet/meteor it was.

Not all meterors(falling

By Lenmar

Not all meterors(falling stars) come from comets! Most are just space debris ( not necessarily man-made debris).

I just witnessed a gorgeous

By Arleth

I just witnessed a gorgeous shooting star or meteor today June 21 '13 over arlington tx... it lasted about 5 seconds, was a blue color with a deteriorating tail, a medium size in the north sky.

Just wanted to comment on the

By deedum

Just wanted to comment on the meteor on June 21st... I drive a truck during the night and see many shooting stars, but have never seen such a beautiful and brilliant meteor as on that night. The meteor was blue at the nose with a red tail... I'm in the Carolina's but I believe this was the same....

I believe we saw the same

By Me too!

I believe we saw the same meteor. June 21st, maybe 9pm, in the north sky. We are just outside of Austin, Tx about three hours from Arlington. Beautiful!

One large meteorite and two

By debbie martyr

One large meteorite and two smaller seen over a 15 min period at approximately 1900-1930 tonight in central western Sumatra indonesia. What a good site!

Are there going to be any

By Troy Czapko

Are there going to be any meteor showers in the next couple of months in Virginia?

Troy, Please see the chart on

By Almanac Staff

Troy, Please see the chart on this page; it applies to all of North America.

At 250 AM central time this

By Michael90000

At 250 AM central time this morning (June 2nd.)I thought I saw a falling star or falling meteor in the extreme eastern sky????
What did I see? Michael

Hi I was driving down

By DebKNJ

Hi I was driving down VanHouten Ave right off of Highway 46 in NJ at about 3:45am I noticed what I thought at first an airplane but I notice as it was really bright and as it sped across the sky it diminished. Not sure if it was a shooting star or what but all I know its got to be one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen. Wish my daughter could have seen it or had time to take a picture it just all happened so quickly. It amazes me of how amazing and cast this universe is. So much beauty <3

hi I live in Auckland new

By juhi

hi I live in Auckland new Zealand and im very excited about the meteor shower tonight, I was wondering if could see it naked eye in my back yard?

When can we see a meteor

By Sagittarian Girl

When can we see a meteor shower in Vancouver, Bc?

Is the Shower visible in San

By Swifty13

Is the Shower visible in San Antonio? I live near Rudder and I want to see it, also, 'predawn'... this means around 3:30 or so? Thanks!

Um..only if the Sun comes up

By Morris

Um..only if the Sun comes up at 4am where you are..lol Predawn means- shortly before dawn

Hello I was wondering if

By Chasity Knight

Hello I was wondering if there is a meteor shower visible in South Carolina supposed to happen tonight April 22,2013 me and my children are wanting to see this? Thanks for your time!!

I WNTED TO KNOW THAT IT COULD

By ANST

I WNTED TO KNOW THAT IT COULD BE IN INDIA ALSO . I AM VERY EXCITED FOR MAYO COME

can someone tell me if they

By chilungara

can someone tell me if they can be seen in southern hemisphere too? in Chile?
thx!

Ok so my family and I just

By Roseari Gomez

Ok so my family and I just moved to Florida the beginning of April and we were made aware that there will be a meteor shower on the 22nd. My sons birthday is the 23rd so we are looking forward to his early candles so to speak. It says predawn hours. Meaning 5 or 6 a.m.? Just looking for an almost exact time. We do not want to miss this event. Thanks for reading.

"Predawn" means an hour or so

By Almanac Staff

"Predawn" means an hour or so before morning twilight. You can find your local twilight times in The 2013 Old Farmer's Almanac or here at our sunrise/sunset tool:
http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/rise

My son and I saw a what I

By marissa

My son and I saw a what I think was a meteor. It was coming down towards the ground and looked like it had a flame. If you have ever burned paper outside in a fire and some of it floats above the fire as it is still burning...that's what it looked like and then just burned out. Was that a meteor?

Was just wondering if people

By GeminiMel

Was just wondering if people from the Midlands, England would be able to see the meteor showers?

So on April 22nd we wake up

By Julie Eiluj

So on April 22nd we wake up early that morning, before sunrise to see the meteor shower or we stay up late on the 22nd, wait until it's early on the 23rd and then see the shower?

"Predawn" means an hour or so

By Almanac Staff

"Predawn" means an hour or so before morning twilight.

On the night before that

By michelle coleman

On the night before that meteor hit. Russia me and a few friends came walking out of our house and all of asudden this big bright white light was like right. On top of us it sounded like a plane very loud plane then we looked up and there was about 30 big round redish. Looking fire balls thay were heading east across the sky by the time we made it 7 blocks away. There were only 4 or5 left thay. Just seemed to slowly. Move out of our veiw never heard a word about it the next day just wondering if it could have been part of the one that hit russia thanks oh ya spokane wa is where we live

Thanks for your prompt reply!

By KCoulomb

Thanks for your prompt reply!

Question: I'm writing a story

By KCoulomb

Question: I'm writing a story set in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state in June 21 of 2012. I would sure like my characters to see shooting stars ... would that have been possible?

The major meteor showers have

By Almanac Staff

The major meteor showers have similar timing every year across the Northern Hemisphere--so you can reference the chart above. It would be best to set the scene in August as the Perseids are a major shower that people most always see. Of course, you may also want to check the Weather History that night (was it a clear night without clouds?) and the Moon Phase Calendar (as you want a dark night and a full Moon can drown out shooting stars)!

Is there a meteor to be seen

By Kevin Cropper

Is there a meteor to be seen over Ireland tonight 8th march?

Which meteor shower would I

By Caliigurl

Which meteor shower would I be able to see in California?

Hi my name is yahaira and I

By Yahaira

Hi my name is yahaira and I was wondering coud there be any shooting stars inSan Diego if there could be where would be the best place to see one and could your wish come true. Thank you for your time. If your wish does come true first how do you make your wish happen and can you send to my email that countries falling stars pass by and where would be the BEST place to see them.

Yes, you can see these meteor

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can see these meteor showers from ANYWHERE in North America, provided it's clear and dark, away from all the city lights.

The first huge meteor 8've

By southern girl

The first huge meteor 8've ever I ever saw was in december 2012. In the daylight at 4:45pm centeral time it reminded me of the nasa's challenger explossion as it streaked across the sky. It was ascary site to see! It looked just like what hiit russia yesterday and i had hoped someone had it on vedio.!

i think i just saw a shooting

By keasha

i think i just saw a shooting star! im npt sure it was bright whites seemed to habe a pink ora around it and a long tail! did i c 1?

jan 24, 2013 6:05pm. I live

By catherine partin

jan 24, 2013 6:05pm. I live in gun barrel city, texas and I just observed a comet or meteor lasting several minutes before I lost sight of it. It was bright orange to deep red (almost purple) and had a very large tail that by sight was about 2 hands wide if holding them up to sky (I dont really know how big that would be. Simply amazing.

Approximately 4:30 this

By .Wynn

Approximately 4:30 this Morning of Jan 23, 2013, My husband witnessed a red fire ball streak south to north over Defuniaksprings, FL. He beleived to be a meteorite.

I just seen a falling meteor.

By January 18, 2013

I just seen a falling meteor. It was bluish with a mix of green. My friends and I have been seeing them for the past week. They are so awesome!

Which of the meteors on the

By Kristin

Which of the meteors on the chart will be visible from SE Pennsylvania?

You can see the meteor

By Almanac Staff

You can see the meteor showers on the chart from ANYWHERE in the sky in North America.

I live in lake jackson tx a

By stargirl

I live in lake jackson tx a hr away from houston the sky is has heavy rain clouds will I be able to see them if so what time

Stargirl, You need a clear

By Almanac Staff

Stargirl, You need a clear night without rain to see the meteor showers. Look at the schedule above and hope for good weather!

I would like to know were can

By Yesenia Valentin

I would like to know were can we fine a shooting star in Lancaster PA

Yesenia, Look at the chart on

By Almanac Staff

Yesenia, Look at the chart on this page for the schedule. As mentioned above, you can see the meteor showers mentioned in this chart anywhere in North America -- as long as the night is clear and dark (away from city lights).

12-21-12 what were the

By CockY

12-21-12 what were the lighting sort of lights 2am to 5am there was a big snow storm going on it would light things up for 5 seconds or so this was in Northern california (shasta County)

I just saw a bunch

By Mary Allan

I just saw a bunch

I missed last nights shower

By vistor196302703

I missed last nights shower and I was wondering if the dates were 13-14 because it occurred after midnight or if I could be so lucky to see it again tonight?

HI! I'd like to know if there

By Jae

HI! I'd like to know if there will be any meteor shower tonight here in Canada? It's happened in the Philippines last night, Philippine time, and I was wondering if we'd be able to see it here too?

germanid is due december

By tjmeister101

germanid is due december 13-14 best seen in the NE but will it be seeable in Santa Fe, TX?

Yes, the Geminid meteors

By Almanac Staff

Yes, the Geminid meteors peaks on Dec. 13-14 anywhere in North America (the area which the Almanac covers).

Do you think I'd see these

By gazer

Do you think I'd see these somewhere near the Kangamangus Highway or at the peak?

Hi, i am from Saudi Arabia,

By syed ali Kashif

Hi,

i am from Saudi Arabia, my daughter loves stars, can you please advise that, will we be able to see these in saudi arabia and if yes, what will be the suitable date time for that

Thanks
Ali

Hello, Ali, You may find this

By Almanac Staff

Hello, Ali, You may find this Web site useful as it shows viewing information from all over the world: http://www.spacedex.com/
I hope this helps, the OFA

The other night during the

By heidimarie

The other night during the orionid shower me and my fiance was outside and i saw three meteotites within 5 minutes.. 2 small faint ones and one big bright one in the same direction east. My fiance didnt get to see them. Everytime i saw them he was looking the wrong direction.. we both love the sky and have seen showers before. But each and every shower is amazing.. we live in butler pa but the best meteorite showers i have ever seen was in west virginia where i was born and raised!! So beautiful!! I love the sky stars moon etc.. its so amazing and full of wonder!! Happy hunting everyone!! :)

Hello. Do you know when the

By cs

Hello. Do you know when the next meteor shower that can be seen clearly in Connecticut, please?

No matter what you live, you

By Almanac Staff

No matter what you live, you can see these meteor showers. The Orionid meteor shower peaks Sunday, October 21. The best time to look is the dark hours before sunrise on Sunday.

i saw a very bright flying

By stein de moor

i saw a very bright flying object in july it was so bright and flyinn gall the way across the sky limit i was kind of amazed. i thought it couldnt have been a satelite since there must be rules for satalites not to be that bright. it flew pretty fast almost all across the sky. i wasnt prepared for it and am glad i got to see it. it was very stunning or amazing and i gave it all my attention i was like; WOW!!

i live in the netherlands...

By stein de moor

i live in the netherlands... it was and july or begin august.

My son is 5, and got to see

By B. Butler

My son is 5, and got to see the Perseids meteor shower! He loved it! In April of 1997 I saw the HaileBop comet! It looked loke a giant dimond with dimond dust trailing it! That was the most ENCHANTING creation I had ever seen in my life!!!!

Is there any chance that

By Anita Danna

Is there any chance that Perseid will continue the night of 8/12 into the morning of 8/13? and be visible in Florida?

Yes, the Perseids will

By Almanac Staff

Yes, the Perseids will continue until late August — but the show peaked from late on the 11th through the early hours of the 12th.

Hi I live in Houston TX and

By Koblitz

Hi I live in Houston TX and when is the best time exactly to see the perseid meteor shower?

The best time to observe the

By Almanac Staff

The best time to observe the Perseids is between midnight and sunrise; that's when the Earth will be colliding head-on with the meteor stream.

What time would be best to

By V.bruce

What time would be best to watch the meteor shower in southern Califorina?

The best time to observe the

By Almanac Staff

The best time to observe the Perseids is between midnight and sunrise; that's when the Earth will be colliding head-on with the meteor stream.

I have watched the Perseid

By rdmbck6

I have watched the Perseid meteor shower for years and it is a yearly event here with a few friends.

Just wanted to know if there

By Mr Knoxville

Just wanted to know if there were any meteor showers visible in New Jersey coming up

Yes, you can see any of the

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can see any of the meteor showers in the chart above in New Jersey, provided you have a dark sky. The Perseids are coming up!

I am so excited! I have never

By Faith Steele

I am so excited! I have never seen anything more than shooting star and I'm like 11. It will probably be especially easy to see where I'm from, which is Grantsville, four mile radias and no building bigger than the elementry school. I think this is gonna be great!!!!!!!

I just saw a comet in the sky

By CJplus3

I just saw a comet in the sky on my way home from my in-law's, and was curious if the meteor shower due to show tonight would be visible from New Hampshire? Was my first time ever seeing a shooting star or comet or meteor or anything, and it was breathtaking :)

Perhaps you mean you saw a

By Stargezer

Perhaps you mean you saw a meteor. The comets I have witnessed during the63 years or so have all been rather faint and one would need to stare in their general direction and concentrate to see them. Meteors,on the other-hand, unexpectedly streak across the sky and grab ones attention.

Hey, this is amazing. I saw

By charlottebeckster

Hey, this is amazing. I saw something I thought was a comet across between 9:30 and 10:00 on Sunday night. I have seen falling stars several times in my life and to me the seemed to fall in downward motion but this seem to be going horizonally across the sky as blazing ball with a tail until it faded out of view. I live in North Caroina. I just happened to see it while sitting out on the porch talking on the phone. I stayed out for hours watching the sky hoping to see something again. I have never seen an event like this before in 45 years of life. Ihave always been somewhat of a sky watcher, but have seemed to miss out on seeing the night sky in the past few years. It definitely is a sight worth a second glance. Amazing!!! :)

You saw a Delta Aquarid

By Almanac Staff

You saw a Delta Aquarid meteor. The Delta Aquarid and Perseid meteor showers in late July and August are the most reliable meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere.
After midnight to dawn on July 28-30 was the best viewing of the Delta Aquarid meteors.

Fantastic to see a comet!

By Almanac Staff

Fantastic to see a comet! Congrats! Unfortunately, in 2012, the almost-full Moon will probably wash out this lightweight meteor shower--which is best seen from the Southern Hemisphere.

Hi good morning ...my son 10

By AnonymousYvonnie

Hi good morning ...my son 10 years old and he want to see the shower We are are from italy and we want to see the exact time and date here in italy july 30 and augost please here in europe italy what time at night and the date ..thank you very much for your kindness... Hoping to see my son thank and god bless

My wife and I live about 30

By AnonymousJason and Kynda

My wife and I live about 30 minutes south of San Antonio, TX and are wanting to know when the best time for us to try and see the Halley comet Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be and what direction we should be looking? Can anyone help us out please?

I'm not sure which direction,

By M.

I'm not sure which direction, but a friend of mine said that it'll start sometime between 2 and 3 AM, and SpaceWeather.com says that the best time to watch would be before tomorrow's sunrise.

What is exactly time named

By Marina Sa

What is exactly time named "predawn" and "late evening"? When exactly should I observe the stars? Is "late evening" be after midnigt, e.d. 'tomorrow', next date?

Predawn: an hour or so before

By Almanac Staff

Predawn: an hour or so before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers.
Late evening: approximately between 10 pm and midnight (or a little past).
In general, most major meteor showers are best seen after midnight; some do not even appear until after then. Usually, a better time to see them is after 2 a.m., and the best time is about an hour or so just before morning twilight.
Geminids, however, can be seen starting earlier, such as around 9 or 10 pm, until morning twilight.
Sometimes Draconids may be visible at nightfall through early evening.

One autumn morning in late

By brian l. burns

One autumn morning in late 1994 I woke up at 3:00 am to drive an hour for work at a near by town. I was driving out on my dirt road where I was able to vveiw an enormous fir ball which was probably an orphan meteor. It was so bright it light up the road and my car like bright day and I thought it would crash on me so I stopped the car. To begin it was very irredescent blue then faded toa warm pinkish red and then disapeared leaving and faint red tail. Was so exciting to see. I thought I would share this with you. Thank you Brian

Thanks for sharing, Brian!

By Almanac Staff

Thanks for sharing, Brian! That's a once-in-a-lifetime sighting!

I've been a Seattle "city"

By Janberi

I've been a Seattle "city" girl most of my life. In 2006 we moved to the "country" in eastern Washington State. I have never seen anything as spectacular as I did at 11:20pm on September 9, 2010.(I even marked my calendar in case this is an annual event)
I was gazing at the eastern sky, when a huge bright green "fireball" with a very long tail passed before my eyes traveling in a northerly direction. I was absolutely "star-struck" to say the least! What did I witness? I googled everything that I could think of, but I have never been given any inkling of what I may have witnessed. Most of the folks that I tell my story to just kind of say "oh really" or they blow me off.
Do you have any idea of what I witnessed that night?
I take my dog on late night walks on our property and am always on the lookout for the beautiful star shows. Ideas, Please? Thank You.

it was probely a comet

By hello0214567

it was probely a comet

it was probely a comet

By hello0214567

it was probely a comet

it was probely a comet

By hello0214567

it was probely a comet

Your description sounds like

By Stargezer

Your description sounds like you witnesses a Bolide
The word bolide comes from the Greek βολίς (bolis) [14] which can mean a missile or to flash. The term generally applies to fireballs reaching magnitude −14 or brighter.[15] Astronomers tend to use "bolide" to identify an exceptionally bright fireball, particularly one that explodes (sometimes called a detonating fireball). It may also be used to mean a fireball which creates audible sounds.

Sounds to me like you got to

By sichting

Sounds to me like you got to witness a view of the Northern Lights

A few months ago, I found a

By Kyle

A few months ago, I found a rock that looked like a meteorite. Then, I think a week ago, I looked it up online and found out it was a meteorite but, I did a little more research and found out it was a Lunar Meteorite!!! I'm also hoping I will see some some meteors when I go out with my telescope again!

Wondering why your rates do

By schumway

Wondering why your rates do not match those published by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada nor do they even match your USA counter part http://www.farmersalmanac.com/meteor-showers/?
I did send along the details but have not heard anything other than looking at your site 4 months later the details are still not updated.

Our source for the meteor

By Almanac Staff

Our source for the meteor showers listed in the Almanac is the American Meteor Society (AMS). See: http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-faq/
See # 7 on that page. We've picked a moonless, rural sky, which is different from an absolutely dark sky (which might see over 100). We note this on the meteor shower page in the printed Almanac and also under the chart on this page.

I have a nephew who loves

By Wrobin52

I have a nephew who loves watching the night sky. We would like to know if there will be a meteor shower in Florida in June or July, and what time is the best time to watch meteor showers? Thank you for your time. My nephew is 9 year old. Wanda

Hi

By Tommy929373

Hi

I live in North Carolina, and

By dlm1978

I live in North Carolina, and it was around 4:35 am Monday morning when I saw a bright mint green light fall from sky heading towards trees, it scared me so I turned my head so I don't know what happened I was headed north coming from youngsville heading towards franklinton.

I saw this. Was just

By rpalmer1rr

I saw this. Was just checking to see if anyone else did. It seemed a little later, like 5:00 am. I was headed to work on I-71, toward Columbus, Ohio. Saw it kinda west to eat. Same minty color.

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