Area Events

2018


November 17 Leonid meteor shower peaks The Leonid shower is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower itself has a cyclic peak year every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. The last of these occurred in 2001. The shower usually peaks on November 17 & 18, but you may see some meteors from November 15 to 20. Look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after midnight.


December 13 Geminid meteor shower peaks Considered by many to be the best meteor shower in the heavens, the Geminid shower is known for producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at their peak. The peak of the shower usually occurs around December 13 & 14, although some meteors should be visible from December 7 to 16. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Gemini. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight.


2019


January 3 Quadrantid meteor shower peaks The Quadrantid shower is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower usually peaks on January 3 & 4, but some meteors can be visible from January 1 to 6. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation Bootes.


April 23 Lyrid meteor shower peaks The Lyrid shower is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The shower usually peaks on April 21 & 22, although some meteors can be visible from April 19 to 25. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation of Lyra after midnight.


August 13 Perseid meteor shower peaks The Perseid shower is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13 & 14, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 to August 20. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. Look to the northeast after midnight.


October 21 Orionid meteor shower peaks The Orionid shower is an average shower producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. This shower usually peaks on the 21st, but it is highly irregular. A good show could be experienced on any morning from October 20 to 24, and some meteors may be seen any time from October 16 - 30. Best viewing will be to the east after midnight.