Meteor Shower Calendar 2019

2019 Meteor Shower Dates and Viewing Tips

July 29, 2019
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)?

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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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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!!!

Me too on March 21, 2017 at 8:40 PM

I saw a green object shoot downward in the sky on March 21, 2017 while riding on route 270 N.

I Just saw a catalop size

I Just saw a catalop size light that traveled from east to North
At about 10pmCST. It looked like a Clear fading light with the pull of gravity on its tail like this. @------------.

Shooting Star

I just saw the biggest shooting star with a white trailing tail in central Kentucky. Anybody else witness this?

Yes! Me too..In MI. Right

Yes! Me too..In MI. Right about 10:40ish pm.

Yes! Me too..In MI. Right

Yes! Me too..In MI. Right about 10:40ish pm.

Shooting Star

I saw it! Was going for a jog with my daughter. It was amazingly beautiful!

Fireballs?!? Shooting stars?! UFO crash?!? 2:10am

It was literally the biggest "shooting star" I've seen in my life! I though that a UFO was crashing it was so fast and seemed as if it had a decent amount of weight to it! Had a long long long red and yellow tail behind it, like it was on fire! It lite up so much of the sky!

At around 0203 this morning

At around 0203 this morning (in Wesley chapel FL)I saw what looked like a shooting star with a bright red burning tail behind it for a good 2 seconds going in and upwards direction (like out of the atmosphere) after the red flame disappeared it was like a twinkling star that was falling towards the ground. I had to look away, wipe my eyes because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. This all took place in a matter of 3-5min. Did anyone else see it?

Huge green ball

I just saw a huge fiery green ball fall from sky. This looked very close as if it may have landed in smyrna Ga area on Cobb parkway. This is a well lit area as well. It was blazing. Aliens?

Shooting Star Long Beach, CA

Saw a shooting star on 3/11/17 at about 2:20am. I was on the 710 freeway in Long Beach, CA at the time. Only saw it for about 1 second. It was traveling very fast in an almost straight down trajectory. It had a beautiful long bright neon green tail and seemed to be burning up at the front end.

Shooting Star 01/26/2017

On Sunday, 1/26/2017 at approximately 1:30 a.m. I was in Sebring, FL, just arriving from an all-day drive from Delaware to clean out my father in law's house, who passed away in late 2016. It was so bright and close to the top of his house, it lit up the neighborhood and fizzled out at the tree line in the distance. I think he was checking on us from heaven to make sure we got in okay. I really believe that.

Falling star

Tonight around 10pm I saw a large ball of light fall from the sky. It had what looked like a streak of fire behind it for a few seconds. Than it went out completely. It lasted long enough that I was able to tell my boyfriend to "look." It was awesome! Does anyone know exactly what it was?

Falling star 6/3/17

Yes our 7 year old son seen this too. He is in NSW Australia. What was it???

Flaming fireball

I was flying on American Airlines from Miami to Nashville, mid flight around 10:40 I saw out of the window, a bright white round light falling straight down from the sky, it lasted a few seconds then it caught fire and turned into a big flame and disappeared. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Had a magnificent front row view at 30,000 feet!

Meteor shower tonight?

I live in southwest michigan and on my way home from work tonight I saw 3 falling stars!!! They we re very bright

Falling star-HUGE

On February 26th around 9:05 i saw a huge ball of light, white with green around edges fall, it took long enough that i had time to tell my son, "hey, look at that!" I have never seen one so big! I live in Niantic, CT

I saw it too ... it was huge.

I saw it too ... it was huge. Eastern NC

Feb. 26, 2017 @ 9 pm Shooting Star Richmond VA

I too saw the falling star, exactly as described above with the green light around it. Falling in the eastern sky and faded out like a candle ist extinguished. I saw it while in Richmond, VA.Eastern Henrico County. Cool that it was seen in NC and NJ!

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