Meteor Shower Dates 2014: When is the Next Meteor Shower?


There are a number of meteor showers in 2014, including one that already passed–the Quadrantids in early January.

The next meteor shower–the Lyrids–is slated for April 16 through April 26.

It is going to peak on the night of the 22nd and the morning of the 23rd. 

Check out the dates for the rest of the meteor showers this year:

April 19 through May 28

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is an above-average one, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It’s mostly seen from the Southern Hemisphere. The peak is slated for the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

May 24

A meteor shower may happen this evening when the Earth is supposed to pass through the debris field left behind the comet LINEAR. This could bring a short but intense shower that could bring hundreds of meteors per hour.

July 12 through August 23

The Delta Aquarids meteor shower is an average shower that produces up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. That is slated for the night of July 28 and the morning of July 29. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

July 17 through August 13

The Perseids meteor shower is described by astronomers as one of the best to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. The showers are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. It’s slated to peak on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

October 6 through October 10

The Draconids meteor shower is pretty weak, producing only around 10 meteors per hour. It’s supposed to peak on the night of October 8 and the morning of October 9, but will likely be blocked mostly by the glare of the full moon. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

October 2 through November 7

The Orionids meteor shower is slightly better, capable of producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It should peak on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. It should be a good year to observe this shower because there won’t be interference from the moon. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

September 7 through December 10

The super long Taurids meteor shower in a minor shower that can only produce up to 10 meteors per hour. It actually has two separate streams. It should peak on the night of November 5, but will likely be mostly blocked by the full moon. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

November 6 through November 30

The Leonids meteor shower is an average one, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. Every 33 years, this shower produces hundreds of meteors per hour, but that happened in 2001. The shower should peak on the night of November 17 and the morning of November 18. The skies should give a good view of the meteors this year. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

December 7 through December 17

The Geminids is known as the best meteor shower, producing up to 120 meteors per hour. And the meteors are different colors. The shower should peak on the night of December 13 and the morning of December 14. The waning moon will block out some of the meteors but since the shower is so bright and powerful it should still be a treat. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

December 17 through December 25

The Ursids meteor shower is a weak shower that only produces up to 10 meteors per hour. However, this year viewing should be good for the shower. It will peak on the night of December 22. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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