Meteor Showers Guide 2014

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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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21 de Julho 2014 at 6.23 Am i

By Telma on July 21

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?

You may want to have your

By Zeaos on July 28

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 on July 28

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 on July 23

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 on July 26

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 on July 28

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.

My mom said that it was a

By dlm1978

My mom said that it was a comet. idk, that was my first time seeing anything like that. I haven't heard anything on the news about others seeing it.

If you could see it moving,

By ormewood

If you could see it moving, it wasn't a comet. It was probably a meteor.

Hi Wanda, the meteor showers

By Almanac Staff

Hi Wanda, the meteor showers for this summer will be the Delta Aquarid and the Perseid, in July and August, both visible from Florida. Please see the chart above. Thanks!

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