See table below with dates for some well-known meteor shower. Plan in advance, as it is always a wonderful spectacle!

Learn more about this delightful astronomical event shortly after this table.

 

Name Max. (approx.) Radiant Constelation Amount Per Hour (average) Associated Comet
Quadrantids Jan 3 Big Dipper 100 C/1490 Y1 or C/1385 U1
Lyrids April 22 Lyra 10 Thatcher
Pi-Puppids Apr 23 Puppis 5 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup
Eta Aquarids May 4-6 Aquarius 20 Halley
Camelopardalids May 24 Camelopardalis 20 209P/LINEAR
Arietíds Jun 7 Aries 60 96P/Machholz & groups Marsden & Kracht
June Bootíds Jun 28 Boötes 2 Pons-Winnecke
Delta Aquarids Jul 29 Aquarius 20 96P/Machholz & groups Marsden & Kracht
Alfa Capricorníds Aug 1st Capricornus 5 169P/NEAT
Perseids Aug 12 Perseus 80 Swift-Tuttle
Kappa Cygnids Aug 18 Cisne 5 2008 ED69 (asteroide)
Alfa-Aurigids Sep 1st Auriga 10 C/1911 N1 (Kiess)
Draconids Oct 8 Draco 500 21P/Giacobini-Zinner
Orionids Oct 20-22 Orion 25 Halley
South Taurids Nov 5 Taurus 15 Enke
North Taurids Nov 8 Taurus 15 2004 TG10 (asteroides) e outros
Andromeds Nov 9 Andromeda 3 3D/Biela
Leonids Nov 16-18 Leo 15 Temple-Tuttle
Alfa-Monocerotíds Nov 21-22 Monoceros 5 ?
Phoenicíds Dec 5 Phonix 5 289P/Blanpain
Geminids Dec 12-15 Gemini 75 Phaeton (asteroide)
Ursids Dec 22nd Ursa Menor 10 8P/Tuttle

 

Meteror showers phenomena happens when our planet crosses streams of cosmic debris left by comets or asteroids. As they approach the sun, comets leave part of its volatile material, creating structures also known as comet tail and coma. In the evaporation process, solid particles are also released from the nucleus. When planet earth crosses this trail left by the comet, the solid particles left behind enter in the atmosphere producing this amazing spectacle called meteor shower. There same phenomena may be produced by asteroid’s particles, though very rare but it happens. Collided asteroids, or astral bodies that used to be comets, but lost volatile material, may also leave trails of solid particles.

As Earth’s orbit along with the orbits of various comets and asteroids, it is possible to forecast dates for meteor showers. We are incapable, however, to precisely measure the amount of meteors for the upcoming shower.

At each shower, there is a specific region where the meteors seem to be coming from, this region is called radiant, and each shower is named after the position of the constellation  where the radiant is localized.