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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Fireball over Charleston wv

Early June 26,2017 at around 1 am in south Charleston wv, I was driving west bound on I64. All of a sudden I saw a huge green fireball streaking across the sky. It was traveling south to north at a tremendous speed.

6/26/17 1:01 am green ball of light over Charleston, WV

at 1:01 am on 6/26/17, while driving west on I-64 near South Charleston, WV, I witnessed a greenish ball of light traveling from south to north-west. It's speed was too slow to be a shooting star, but too fast to be a low-flying aircraft. As I watched, it almost seemed as if its direction changed to west.

My husband and I both witnessed this, and both recounted the same thing.

Fireball

My son and I saw this fireball at about 12:25 am St.louis, Mo it was very low and fast going in a North East direction.

Shooting star. quick moving. Surprised me. Ma

Saw shooting star about 11:30 June 22 2017. It was very

A very low shoot star...

I was out talking an evening stroll and saw a very low shooting star (?)... what seemed to be 25-30 ft. above my heard. I watching it shoot across ahead of me and fizzle out. This is the closest I've ever been to one.

Green Shooting Star fall

Like every day I was sleeping on the ceiling ground floor on my house in front of the sky and I was lucky, which I saw on an intermining star fall on 18th June 2017. This was the time of the night 10 or 10.30 pm piece of star falling down from the top of the screen and that amazing sight disappearedwithin few seconds. And luckily Again on the second night on 19th june 2017 at time near by 11.45 pm, i had seen star fall again. I am so happy to see that again, So sharing you my experience. ohh God, hope my wish comes true.

Green Shooting Star

My son and I were in our backyard Sat/ Sun. June 17, 2017, Parker County,Tx. having a heart to heart and out the corner of my eye, I saw what I thought was a shooting star in the south west. I stopped talking and asked my son. "did you see that?" and he said he saw it too. Then only seconds later since we were both looking at the same direction, to our delight!. A much larger and brighter shooting star or maybe an asteroid? I don't know, but it looked like a green pearl, feel through the sky. Right in front of us amazingly. I was just wondering if anybody if else saw it too?

Green shooting star

I was on my way to work in williamstown and i saw a Green Shooting star fly overhead ! It was Beautiful * and burned out just before touching down ...

Green Shooting Star/Comet

My sons and I driving home at 11:45pm on June 17, 2017 in Irving, TX. Driving south and see a beautiful bright green light falling from the sky over Arlington, TX. Usually shooting stars only last a second but this one gave us at least 3-4 seconds. Enough time that I had time to ask my boys to look and see it. This was the 1st time my oldest boy saw a shooting star or comet and he got to share it with me. It was just beautiful and special to share it with him.

bright green falling star

It started from my far left, and lit the sky up neon green with a tracer that made it look like huge sword being thrown. It stayed lit until it look like it was hitting the ground and went halfway across the sky. By far one of the most coolest I've ever seen in my life. June 17 at 11:43 Palacios tx

bright blue shooting star

sorry its the 17th today

big bright blue shooting star

seen from williamstown east of melbourne victoria around 10pm 16th june 2017

Stars

As I was writing the scooter across town early morning around 5 o'clock shooting star so long that it seemed like I could see exactly where it landed long white tail

Falling star

In Mt. Pleasant Ga, close Brunswick Ga, saw a star entering earth atmosphere. Was awesome! ! Long tail, and smoke trail.

SAW THE IMPOSSIBLE. A TRUE SHOWER OF METEORS

For the past 2 TWO nights I have seen that which I had been told would never be. Hundreds of meteors every hour. I live in Baltimore county which is in maryland. (just fyi) I saw two nights ago, a flash out my window. I was surprised so I looked out. I then was rewarded with a view of such great numbers that I thought I must be seen things wrong (hallucinating ) So, I sat down got a drink of water and decided to venture outside. It was around 2:30am. I turned of my light and sat on the step. It was not more then ten seconds that a saw a PAIR a short run burning meteors. Following that right away was another and two more high and left and one long left and level w/ the high right. This went on for awhile. I then walk up to the middle school and found out that the vast number I had seen was only the start. I had been looking at the wrong area! When I look toward the west I was given a view of fictional level activity. These thing where all over the place, I mean no second was not w/ out at least one flame from heaven if not two or three more. I still doubt my own eyes, yet my wife who was woken as I rushed to find our video camera, I was on borrowed time almost, b/c it was 4:37am and sun break at 5:27 or so. I search and searched finding to old one Never the new. I returned out side w/ a four legged daughter, she has ventured w/ me on a number of missions ranging from getting a rush call to go to my business for one of my customers, to vacations and other things. Yet the most that she traveled w/ I late at night was to search for the best view site and then layout w/ her as my companion (shes a good heater better then wifei). So Ive seen many showers yet this was unlike anything that I had ever even dreamed of seeing and twice. I even saw them while the sun was lighting the sky blueish. The thing I dont understand is that they were showing up at both point of the compass West and EAST and Up and polaris. I didn't think they did that. Anyway Im look to see if anyone know about this event and mostly HAS ANYONE ELSE SEEN THIS. I want someone else to say you saw what was really happening, b/c I can't believe what I saw.

comet / meteor over lincolnshire at 00:27

comet or a Meteor spotted over Wyberton Boston heading south east

Shooting Star 9/6/2017 @1123PM

On 9/6/2017, while I was looking out of the window packing for my hike in Malaysia the following day from my room around 1123pm, I saw a bolt of green light dropping from the sky. I was overjoyed becasue this is the second time I have seen shooting star from my room.

Shooting Start 2 May 2017 Now

Hey Friends You Don't believe , Recently I have seen shoot star when I was on my phone Searching​ some things about How to earn money etc . And After seeing Shooting star I Was surprised to see that . Time Is 9:40 pm

Green shooting star 22nd April 2017

Saw a green shooting star when fishing about midnight. Was awesome. Proper green saw it flash through the sky.

Green shooting star

Where were you when you saw the green shooting star. UK? ? I saw one about 10.40pm in Merseyside. About 3times the size of any star I've ever seen!

Nothing

I've been sitting outside looking in the air during the meteor shower tonight, and I have not seen anything. It has been 3 hours now. My neck hurts

Falling Star 4/14/2017 Moses Lake , WA

sitting outside and seen falling star closer then ever. The white tear drop light came town looks like behind the house across the street, but turned blue and kinda sparkled away before it hit the ground. I never seen anything like it before and I'm 57yrs old. I told my sister we need to go look in the back yard of the people across the street for rocks. she wont. that' how close it looked.

Green meteorite shooting towards ground in NJ

I just saw two teardrop shaped objects falling from the sky looked like they were went out right before they hit. Large followed by a smaller one Beautiful

Satellite and looked like gas explosions

My family and I are in sw ontario and we're star gazing and watching satellites following each other in space but then 2 dissapeared and within minutes 3 shooting stars and also 3 what looked like explosions all within the same area...is that normal

I Have Seen shooting star

Hi i Have seen shooting star on march 23rd 2017 around 10:50 pm...........

I think ive maybe found a meteor but not10

So ive been rocking latley Nd I found a stone that is unlike any stone.ive seen... its course .heavy, red rusty cored body and has a small hard steellike ball in the... I guess... Top? Its complelt magnetic Nd I belive it to be solid metal of some sort it's about A big as my palm... Dont know who to go to .also. The rust is no rust I cant see any comjng.off it when.I run.it in.water. Any feed back would be much apprichiated xoxoxoxoxoo chris with the rocko

Sighting

Brilliant shooting star at 8:40. March 22. Mont. Co. Md. Best in my lifetime. Fireball, shot earthward out of the north sky. Long tail, 3 to 4 seconds. As it flamed out, it turned blue and red. Breath taking !

Large blue light across sky

I saw a bright blue to white ball across the sky on march 21 2017 about 8:40pm eat in NJ

I just saw a bright shooting star in sacramento ca.

The most bright shooting star I've ever seen. 10:40pst

GREEN COMET

I just seen something green shoot through the sky really fast!!!

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