Meteor Shower Calendar 2019

2019 Meteor Shower Dates and Viewing Tips

December 26, 2018
Meteor Shower-Taurid, by Channone Arif-Wikimedia Commons

Is there a meteor shower tonight, or should you only hope to see a few falling stars (sporadic meteors)?

Channone Arif: Wikimedia Commons

When is the next meteor shower? See the Almanac’s 2019 Meteor Shower Calendar for the dates of all the principal meteor showers, plus meteor shower viewing tips.

The most common question is “Where can I see the meteor showers?”

The answer is: ANYWHERE in the sky! Yes, for this type of celestial wonder, your specific location does not matter.

And the next question is “When can I see the meteor showers?”

The answer is: Most showers are midnight to dawn. Yes, they’re for you night owls or early risers. However, the famous Geminids are all night and some showers do happen in the late evening. See the chart below.

2019 Meteor Shower Calendar

Is there a meteor shower tonight? When is the next meteor shower? 

Note that the meteor shower dates do not change much from year to year. Find viewing tips for the two “biggies” here: the Perseid Meteor Shower and the Geminid Meteor Shower.

Principal Meteor Showers
SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NO. PER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET
Quadrantid Predawn N Jan. 4 25
Lyrid Predawn S Apr. 22 10 Thatcher
Eta Aquarid Predawn SE May 4 10 Halley
Delta Aquarid Predawn S July 30 10
Perseid Predawn NE Aug. 11–13 50 Swift-Tuttle
Draconid Late evening NW Oct. 9 6 Giacobini-Zinner
Orionid Predawn S Oct. 21–22 15 Halley
Taurid Late evening S Nov. 9 3 Encke
Leonid Predawn S Nov. 17–18 10 Tempel-Tuttle
Andromedid Late evening S Nov. 25–27 5 Biela
Geminid All night NE Dec. 13–14 75
Ursid Predawn N Dec. 22 5 Tuttle
*May vary by one or two days    **Moonless, rural sky    Bold = most prominent
  • “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!

Meteor Shower Viewing Tips

  • For everyone, weather conditions and light pollution are the only reasons you can not see the showers. The sky needs to be dark and clear, away from all the city lights. Bright moonlight, within a few days of a full Moon, will also reduce 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 Perseid meteor shower appears to radiate.
  • When to look? The time of the year for each shower is determined by when in Earth’s orbit it 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 Geminid meteor shower is 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 and commonly called shooting stars) 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 into the dark night sky.

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

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Giant meteor crosses sky over eastern Canada

I was out flooding my rink when this giant meteor flew across the WHOLE sky. I had time to drop my hose and walk to the edge of my rink and watch it disappear over the trees as it continued on it course. it was dropping pieces as it went. I sure hope someone caught some footage of that.

Bright green meteor

Around 4:30 am this morning I looked out my window just as a beautiful bright green meteor crossed the sky. Such an exciting way to start the day here in Spotsylvania County, VA

Shooting Star in Daylight

My stonemason and I were on our building site in Campbell's Creek, Victoria, Australia and were amazed to see a shooting star/meteor at 4pm in the afternoon. It streaked across a clear blue sky and appeared to have a coloured head of pink and a long tail. It was a wonderful surprise in our southern sky.

Shooting stars

Just after 5 a.m. today, i saw two shooting stars, very bright, in the middle of Albuquerque, NM.

Saw two shooting stars over Auburn,Maine

At around 1 am today 2/ 6/2019 saw a shooting star from 10 degrees west of zenith
heading west , then a second one , same way but about 20 degrees left( south) of
the first one. White light, disappeared 30 degrees before, above horizon.

Shooting star

I saw a shooting star this morning at 3:30am in Brookfield Wisconsin

strange falling star in Dutch Caribbean.

This morning at 6.18 I saw a star just fall out of the sky straight down....I have seen falling stars but never something like this...It felt more strange than cool and left me thinking. I am sure I was not the only one that saw it. IF somebody have en explanation please let me know.
thanks

Shooting Stars in Michigan

How awesome that while traveling west bound into work this morning with my friend we witnessed TWO shooting stars! We are located in the Lansing area of Michigan.
Very very cool......WOW!

Meteror showers

I'm new to the farmers almanac.I believe the most accurate reading and up to date..I'm hoping on a beautiful gift fr the sky's this am concerning our First Meteor Shower

Meteor

I saw one this eve, I'm in waltham abbey, travelling from east to west , over the meridian line..

Shooting Stars

I saw a shooting star this morning at 5.30am in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

4 shooting stars so far over Inverkeithing

14/12/2018

I thought I was seeing things after the fourth one I found this site lol

Green white shooting star (large)

Saw this with My husband, While driving north on Birchmount Road, by Danforth Road, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 21:15 hours, November 28, 2018

Meteor

add approximately 10:10 PM central standard time 27 November in the southern sky was a bright long greenish white streak the from the naked eye look huge and then disappeared . Not sure what I saw but it was spectacular

FIREBALL

On September 11, 2018, approx. 2:30 am, saw a big bright red-orange hunk of meteor, with a red and white tail flying over Jefferson City MO. It wasn't ready to fall anytime soon; it had a lot of burning/melting to do yet. I was out there looking for a green zinger, 21P, so this was pleasant surprise!

Meteor

It was about 415 am saw very bright light stream across the sky north east of Oceanside airport. No sound it left a trail then disappeared. I’m guessing I just saw a meteor hit. Either that or something at Camp Pendleton. It was beautiful. Very bright flash. Really cool.

meteor sighted Grass Valley Ca. Nov. 8th 9pm

Driving home on hwy 49 so.bound. saw slow streaming meteor cross the sky. It was in view about 2 seconds. very bright and beautiful!

Night-time anomaly

Viewing from Toledo,OH looking to the West (i believe)
Seen a quick glimpse of a falling star or something fall the atmosphere. Its a day early for the predicted meteor shower but was pretty.

Fireball falling in Westerly sky 08 Nov 2018 7:45 PM

Viewing westerly Sky looking from North Monroeville towards Bellevue , Ohio. l seen a fireball falling from the sky. I have seen shooting stars before but this was much larger. Very beautiful.

Meteor/shooting star

I live about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. I seen the meteor about 11:30 times pm . Bright white with blue on the outside ring. Only lasted 2 seconds. Was this about the time you seen It?

Meteor landed within 1 mile from me

I live in Sykesville pa and just saw a large meteor fall right in front of me. I've seen 3 in the past 4 years but this is the first one I've actually heard flying through the air. It appeared to be as big as a box truck, bright white light and sizzling like a hot dog cooking over a fire. I did not get to see where it exactly landed but it was very close and I am glad it didn't land on my house or car!

Meteor landed within 1 mile from me

( If ) It Was as BIG as You Say AND Landed...It Would of Created a Fore-Shock Wave And a 5M EQ and Felt a 100 Miles Away and Probably Heard and Seen for Hundreds And Make a Crater the Size of the Super Bowl With Debris Faying and Falling EVERY WHERE And it Would of Made National News !!! Remember the One in Russia...It Was Suggested to Be the Size of a Basket Ball...just sayin
Most All Meteors Are Only a Grain of Salt...but...Going 100 MPS...What You Probably Saw a Size of a Baseball ( a Fire Ball ) and The Colors Are the Minerals Burning Up and The Sound is the Air Burning and Expanding Like Lighting Does !!!

Meteorite/Falling star

Justin,
I saw the same in Wauseon approximately 7:45 p.m. looking in the west while driving. It took me off guard as a large light came down from the sky which appeared to have a greenish color around it. It was beautiful, even though it startled me.

Meteorite/Falling star

Justin,
I saw the same in Wauseon approximately 7:45 p.m. looking in the west while driving. It took me off guard as a large light came down from the sky which appeared to have a greenish color around it. It was beautiful, even though it startled me.

In October of 2014 shower, anyone else seen?

More a question... I saw in October of 2014 a shooting star.. or ?... That appeared to make a corkscrew type desent into the amospheare leaving behind it a corkscrew trail. Has anyone else ever seen anything like that? Or is there possibly another explanation for it? Michael S..

Shooting stars!

It's 8:05 cst n in the southern sky here in south Louisiana I saw two shooting stars in the last 15 mins!

Shooting Star

I was coming to work this morning in Hayward CA. As I turned to go into the yard, I saw a shooting start straight ahead of me. It was the first one I have ever seen and it was beautiful!

Shooting Stars

About 4.30 this morning Alfie (our dog) needed to go out so took him into the garden (West Wales) and was lucky enough to see two shooting stars within a couple of minutes. It is very dark where we live and the sky was so full of stars - just wonderful.

Meteor Shower

The Draconid shower is in full force tonight, mostly clear dark skies tonight on the very southern end of Dauphin Island, Al. We ave enjoyed at least 15-20 one very bright with tail, starting at 9:00 ish until about 10:30. Pre tropical storm weather has created windy conditions and thin clouds. Amazing sky tonight

The Quick White ball

Approximately at 10:11, in Oxon Hill, MD I saw a fast white ball race through the sky when I was looking at the sky. I made a wish.

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