Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?

Meteor Shower Dates and Viewing Tips

By Bob Berman
June 29, 2020
Meteor Shower

The next meteor shower is: the Delta Aquarids in late July! While they usually peak before dawn around July 30, it may be worth looking for them earlier, as the approaching full Moon is less likely to interfere. See details and the complete Meteor Shower Calendar for 2020 below.

Next Meteor Shower: Delta Aquarids of July

Start looking for the Delta Aquarids in late July. While they usually peak before dawn around July 30, it may be worth looking before dawn starting on the 27th of July because there will be less Moon glare. The Moon will be full on August 3, so the shooting stars may be somewhat washed out. But there will be more of a moon-free window (between moonset and dawn) a little earlier in July.

It’s not one of the biggest meteor showers of the year, with about 10 meteors per hour from mid-northern latitudes. If you live in southern regions, you may see up to 20 to 40 meteors per hour. The main concern will be a dark sky and cooperative weather.

Remember: You can see meteor showers from WHEREVER you are on Earth! Yes, we all see the same big sky! See more details in the chart below.

2020 Meteor Showers Calendar

Note that the meteor shower dates do not change much from year to year, though the peak of a shower may vary by a day or two. 

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.

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).

Meteor Showers 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.
  • When are meteor showers? See the chart above for “date of maximum,” which lists the peak of each meteor shower when the shooting stars will be most frequent. The time of the year for each shower is determined by when in Earth’s orbit it crosses the stream of meteoroids.
  • What time can I see the meteor showers? The answer is: See the chart above for “best viewing.” In nearly all showers, the radiant is highest just before dawn. But anytime beween midnight and dawn gives you a view of most meteors head-on, for a more frequent display. 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. 
    • Note: 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.) 
  • 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. See the “point of origin” above. 
  • How to look? You don’t need any special equipment. In fact, binoculars do not work for meteor showers. The naked eye is best.

Dark Skies, Clear Skies Needed!

  • The sky needs to be dark, away from all the city lights. Try to get to a viewing site as far as possible from bright lights. This may require planning—for a country drive or a campout.
  • Bright moonlight, within a few days of a full Moon will reduce the number of meteors that you will see. Check our Full Moon Chart.
  • Obviously, the weather needs to cooperate so that the skies are clear.
  • Look for a location with a wide-open view of the sky, free from obstructions like tall trees or buildings.
  • Spend about 20 minutes outside for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness of the night sky.
  • Spead a blanket on the ground and get cozy!

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

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METEOR OVER MICHIGAN!

Did not see it, but MAN did I feel it and hear it around 815. Cruised right over us. Heard the rumbling and then BOOM. All of Michigan felt it. Crazy! Is there supposed to be a meteor shower tonight?

biggest meteor I've ever seen!

At 8:10pm tonight over near Middleburg, Ohio. It was the biggest, brightest meteor I've ever seen!

Green tailed meteor?

Just saw something fast, green and bright as heck fall straight down toward the eastern horizon! It almost made me drive off the road. Beautiful! What was it though?!

Saw it too!

I am in East Liverpool, OH and had a green “shooting star” come down about 50 yards in front of my car right around 8:10pm too! (It May have been a few minutes after but right around there!) it was big and scared me at first! I even thought it might be a flare or something! Obviously there was something coming in over Ohio tonight!

Huge Meteor!!!

I saw a huge Meteor at 7:13pm In TwinLakes WI. It was directly is front of me while I was driving east of twin Lakes WI. It a bright ball of fire, greenish in color.

Meteor Shower

I counted 4 this morning at 6:47am in Toronto, DVP/401 area

meteor shower

Is there will be a meteor shower or a myth..

GEMINIDS

I saw GEMINIDS tonight in East-London.
14-12-2017 at 00.22am.

I saw it in simcoe ontario

I saw it in simcoe ontario area
around 3am

Geminids

I was able to see about 8-10 in 5 mins time over Arkansas around 1030pm.

I SAW THEM TONIGHT

COUNTED 4 IN THE NORTH SKY OVER TEXAS 12PM

Geminid Showers

We've been overcast most times when the Perseid Showers and the Geminid Showers show up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for tonight.

Shooting star

a.m. Bradenton Florida, making a wish, just in case! Beautiful and so fast.

Beatiful shootings starts

Saw 4 to be exact probably minutes from each other. We had a nice fire going and we just looking at the sky i was just commenting how clear and nice the sky was looking and then we had the 4 shooting stars back to back. Palm bay, Brevard County, Fl.

shooting star

december6,2017 at 11:20 pm I have seen a shooting star just 3sec I think..its so amazing its my first time to see it..

bright green tailed meteor

it was FANTASTIC!! my family and i were at the galaxy drive in theater in ennis texas, the kids were finally falling asleep (we were there for my now 4yr olds and my own birthday weekend out) and suddenly there's a BRIGHT flash and its green and shooting through the sky so quickly we thought it was a shooting star at first but the sheer size of it had me thinking meteor...it was so beautiful and absolutely amazing. best birthday ever!

meteor or fireball

I just saw a very bright large fireball/meteor November 30th 2017 about 8:45 pm looking west over the Pacific Ocean I am in Orange County CA. It was very low in the sky and very bright. it went from south to north at a slightly upward angle which was kind of strange, but very cool!

Shooting star

Bright green! Looked quite large compared to others I have seen. Seemed to shoot right across the sky. Beautiful!, would have been about 5pm

Shooting star

Bright green! Looked quite large compared to others I have seen. Seemed to shoot right across the sky. Beautiful!, would have been about 5pm

I saw a green bright light

I saw a green bright light shooting across the sky right in the Toronto suburb. It was flying very fast. It was flying pretty low and had a very bright green tail.. beautiful sight

Shooting star or meteor

Last night around 7pm, I think I saw a shooting star. I had come home from work and sitting in my car on the driveway, I looked up and saw a bright yellow light shoot down in the dark sky above the roof of our house. It came down so fast I wasn't sure if it was the street light reflecting from my car window. If it was a star, then it was my second time seeing one, just not as beautiful. The first time I saw one, it was so beautiful, the most incredible thing I'd ever seen.

Northeast Ohio metor

Saw a metor heading north at approximately 830pm with a greenish tail wondered what it was all about. I've seen many never seen a shower but I thought it was odd to have a green tail

Shooting Star

Just driving down the street at 930 pm, I seen the most beautiful thing in my 36 years of life! It took me by surprise as I have never seen something like this before in the sky, I think it was a better experience than the eclipse alone this year. I love the whole idea of the universe and I have a habit of always looking up and wondering what’s out there, I’m glad I was able to see this in my life time.

Shooting star

I was coming out of Wal-mart after going shopping for last minute Thanksgiving meal items, I looked up, said a prayer and I saw what looked like a bright star and then it moved across the sky and then just disappeared. It was the most beautiful, memorable thing I have ever seen. I am 42 and have never seen anything like this in my life. Looking forward to a meteor shower!!!

Meteor shower

I’m in San Carlos, ca near santee ,ca and saw what I thought was a falling star at first, but it’s part of the meteor shower this week, very close and really bright, glad I got to see it

1:50am in Tennessee

This was my first time I was able to experience this amazing shooting star or meteor! I was by myself walking my dog after returning from a friendsgiving enjoying the stars in between all the clouds. Looked up straight above my home where I usually look at all the stars, then boom there it went ball of light with a tail behind then gone. It was fast but the memory will last a lifetime. We live in the country where there's few lights... I never knew I could see something like that so close! I'm totally grateful! I made sure to make a wish :)

Wow....

Approx 5:30pm over Mission Viejo, CA...large falling star with long tail! Simply spectacular! Bright white ball with a long tail. Thought at first plane part but disappeared into nowhere. Searched news...nothing. A reminder that I am insignificant and only small part of this beautiful universe!

Meteor!

I saw it too! Driving down Newport coast - I thought it was a plane or fireworks, it was unusually large and close! Very awesome!

My husband and I saw what

My husband and I saw what appeared to be a huge green fireball falling straight down behind the mountains from Cathedral City, CA. Truly incredible to see!

I saw this beautiful greenish fire ball fall out of the sky!

It was big not your usual shooting star ! It was majestic and greenish looking . I was making a left turn on broadway and alvernon when I looked up and noticed it .

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