Updated 12 December: The famous Gemini meteor shower is often one of the best and it will be peaking over the next two nights, 13 and 14 December, though lasting until Christmas Eve. The focal point is the the two bright stars in the Gemini constellation, easily identifable going off at an angle from the top of Orion. This year there’ll be a full moon so viewing isn’t ideal, but these meteors can come thick and fast so there should be something to see. Best time is around 2am any night from now until the 24th, when Gemini should be straight up.
Updated 3 November: There are three meteor showers in November. The first two are the Taurids, the South Taurids overnight 4-5 November and the North Taurids a week later, peaking overnight 11-12th, with the maximum number around midnight. Both these showers tend to be rather patchy, though a meteor is usually long-lasting when actually spotted. The really famous November meteor shower, however, is the Leonids, overnight on the 16-17th between midnight and especially towards dawn. This shower produces some of the most famous displays, sometimes reaching thousands per minute! As always, keep watch a night or two either side of the peak.
Updated 21 October: Tonight, or at least just before dawn tomorrow morning, will be the peak of the Orionids meteor shower. Astronomers say that there’ll be a bit too much moonlight for optimum viewing but all the same, this shower’s meteors leave persistent trains so they should provide good viewing. They also sometimes produce bright fireballs, so can be seen to flame in the sky. The radiant point is just above the constellation of Orion the Hunter.
Updated 7 October: Tonight is the peak of the Draconid meteor shower, said not to be a major one but occasionally the dragon awakes to produce a major show! The radiant point is the constellation of Draco the dragon, but meteorologists say you don’t need to worry about locating it because these meteors fly every which way through the night sky. The best time to view will be from dusk and throughout the evening.
Updated 11 August: Just a reminder that the Perseids peak is overnight tonight.
Updated 3 August: The Perseid meteor shower is nearly here, a display that’s one of the best in the northern hemisphere and which seems to be giving high hopes this year for an “outburst” – some 200 an hour! The peak will be overnight on Thursday-Friday, 11-12 August, but this shower has a long period either side of that when meteors can be seen so it’s worth starting to watch out a few days in advance, even as early as now. They actually come from the constellation Perseus, but they appear everywhere in the sky, without an apparent focal point. Just look up!
Updated 20 April: Just a reminder about the Lyrids meteor shower this Thursday and Friday. It probably won’t be a great show this year because there’s a full moon during the peak. Some of the meteors can be very bright though, and anyone who wants to keep an eye out for one despite the bright moon should look towards the northeast from 10pm.
Original post 1 January: Here is the full list of this year’s meteor showers. The first will be the Quadrantids which don’t often seem to produce much of a spectacle, and particularly not for those who aren’t in the far north. Look towards the north east between midnight and dawn on 3-4 January.
January 3-4 Quadrantids
April 21-22 Lyrids
May 5-6 Eta Aquarids
July 28-29 Delta Aquarids
August 11-12 Perseids
October 7 Draconids
October 20-21 Orionids
November 4-5 South Taurids
November 11-12 North Taurids
November 16-17 Leonids
December 13-14 Geminids
Click HERE for full information on them all.