Tips for viewing Meteor Showers:

You’ll enjoy it more if…

  1. Lie down, don’t crane your head up, you’ll get tired of doing that quickly. Lay on the ground, a picnic table, a reclining chair or a car hood (kids love that).
  2. The later the better; the darker the better; the longer you stay out the better – plan for at least one hour.
  3. This is a naked-eye event. You can wear clothes, but don’t put anything on your eyes like a telescope or binoculars. You’ll want to see as much of the sky as possible at once and these instruments will narrow your vision.
  4. Keep your expectations low. Don’t expect to see the sky full of meteors all the time, but you will see some, and when you do it will be great.
  5. Young children will not be patient enough to enjoy this, and they’ll probably prevent you from enjoying it. We’ve all been there.

We offer a free mini-lesson on Meteor Showers. Just email us and request it: Tony.Ceraso@HomeSchoolAstronomy.com 

July 27-30 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. It peaks this year on the night of July 27 and morning of July 28th. This shower favors the southern hemisphere and tropical northern hemisphere locations. It also lacks a definitive peak and runs during July and August. Best viewing will be from a dark location pre-dawn. Lie down and look straight up.

August 11, 12, 13 – Perseids Meteor Shower. 

The Perseids is one of the best! Up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are famous for producing many bright meteors. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Lie down and look straight up.

October 21, 22 – Orionids Meteor Shower

The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 10-20 meteors per hour at its peak. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. Orionids tend to be fairly bright. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Lie down and look straight up.

December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower – The King of Meteor Showers!

It produces from 50 to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Lie down and look straight up.