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The table below shows the main annual meteor showers that occur. The dates given may vary slightly from year to year. If the moon is bright in the sky, many of the meteors may be difficult to see, likewise you will get to see more meteors if you are in an area with little or no light pollution from towns and cities.

Large numbers of meteors burn upon entering Earth's atmosphere, occurring when Earth's orbit passes through debris from a comet.

Shower Name Date of Maximum Normal Limits Best Time to Look Rate/
Hour
Description
Quadrantids Jan 3-4 Jan 1-6 Before dawn 60 Blueish meteors with fine trains
Lyrids April 22 April 16-25 After 2 am 10-15 Bright fast meteors, some with trains. Associated with Comet Thatcher
Eta Aquarids May 5 Apr 24-May 20 Just before dawn 35 Low in sky. Associated with Comet Halley
Capricornids July 8-26 July-
August
Midnight onwards 5 Bright meteors
Alpha Capricornids Aug 2 July 15-
Aug 25
All night 5 Yellow slow fireballs
Perseids Aug 12-13 July 23-
Aug 20
Best before dawn 75 Many bright fast meteors with trains. Associated with Comet Swift-Tuttle 1737, 1862, 1992
Orionids Oct 22 Oct 16-27 After midnight 25 Fast with fine trains. Associated with Comet Halley
Taurids Nov 4 Oct 20-
Nov 30
All night 10 Very slow meteors
Leonids Nov 17-18 Nov 15-20 After midnight 10 Fast bright meteors with fine trains
Geminids Dec 14 Dec 7-16 After midnight 75 Plenty of bright meteors, few trains