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 

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1. Quadrantids Date: January 3-4, 2024 – The Quadrantids are known for their sharp peak and relatively short duration. They are characterized by bright and colorful fireballs and originate from an asteroid called 2003 EH1.

2. Lyrids Date: April 21-22, 2024 – The Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers, with records dating back more than 2,700 years. They are named after the constellation Lyra and often produce bright meteors with long tails.

3. Eta Aquarids Date: May 5-6, 2024 – The Eta Aquarids are associated with Halley's Comet and are known for their fast-moving meteors. They are best viewed in the early morning hours before dawn and can produce up to 30 meteors per hour.

4. Perseids Date: August 12-13, 2024 – The Perseids are one of the most popular and reliable meteor showers, producing a high number of bright meteors. They are debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle and can be seen from late July to mid-August.

5. Orionids Date: October 21-22, 2024 – The Orionids originate from Halley's Comet and are named after the constellation Orion. They are known for their fast-moving meteors and can produce around 20 meteors per hour.

6. Leonids Date: November 17-18, 2024 – The Leonids are associated with Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle and are known for their periodic meteor storms. While the storm activity is rare, it can result in hundreds or even thousands of meteors per hour.

7. Geminids Date: December 13-14, 2024 – The Geminids are known for being one of the most active andreliable meteor showers of the year. They produce numerous meteors, often of bright and multi-colored nature, and can be seen in mid-December.