Meteor Shower Calendar 2023: Shooting Stars Tonight

Meteor Showers 2023

Quadrantids: January 4

  • Meteors/hour: 110
  • Moon illumination: 95%
  • Active: Dec 28 — Jan 12
  • Radiant location: Bootes
  • Parent body: Asteroid 2003 EH1
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

Lyrids: April 23 🌟

  • Meteors/hour: 18
  • Moon illumination: 9%
  • Active: Apr 14–30
  • Radiant location: Lyra
  • Parent body: Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher
  • Visible from: everywhere

Eta Aquariids: May 6

  • Meteors/hour: 50
  • Moon illumination: 100%
  • Active: Apr 19 — May 28
  • Radiant location: Aquarius
  • Parent body: Halley’s Comet
  • Visible from: everywhere

Southern Delta Aquariids: July 30

  • Meteors/hour: 25
  • Moon illumination: 89%
  • Active: Jul 12 — Aug 23
  • Radiant location: Aquarius
  • Parent body: Comet 96P/Machholz
  • Visible from: everywhere

Perseids: August 13 🌟

  • Meteors/hour: 100
  • Moon illumination: 10%
  • Active: Jul 17 — Aug 24
  • Radiant location: Perseus
  • Parent body: Comet Swift–Tuttle
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

Draconids: October 9 🌟

  • Meteors/hour: 10
  • Moon illumination: 25%
  • Active: Oct 6–10
  • Radiant location: Draco
  • Parent body: Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

Orionids: October 22 🌟

  • Meteors/hour: 20
  • Moon illumination: 49%
  • Active: Oct 2 — Nov 7
  • Radiant location: Orion
  • Parent body: Halley’s Comet
  • Visible from: everywhere

Leonids: November 18 🌟

  • Meteors/hour: 10
  • Moon illumination: 25%
  • Active: Nov 6–30
  • Radiant location: Leo
  • Parent body: Comet Tempel-Tuttle
  • Visible from: everywhere

Geminids: December 14 🌟

  • Meteors/hour: 150
  • Moon illumination: 2%
  • Active: Dec 4–20
  • Radiant location: Gemini
  • Parent body: Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
  • Visible from: everywhere

Ursids: December 23

  • Meteors/hour: 10
  • Moon illumination: 84%
  • Active: Dec 17–26
  • Radiant location: Ursa Minor
  • Parent body: Comet 8P/Tuttle
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

How to see a meteor shower?

  • Check the weather forecast. Clear skies are necessary to see the maximum number of meteors — clouds, rain, and snow can easily ruin your observations. You can check the weather forecast for any nearest date in the Visible Tonight section of our stargazing app [Sky Tonight](
  • Dress warmly. You may get pretty cold while waiting for meteors to appear. So take some extra clothes with you even if it’s summer outside. A hot drink will also help you stay warm.
  • Bring a blanket or deck chair. Meteor-hunting involves a lot of looking up, so instead of standing, it’s better to lie on a blanket or sit on a reclining chair. Your neck will be grateful to you!
  • Look towards the zenith. Meteors seem to originate from the meteor shower’s radiant, but in practice, they can appear anywhere in the sky. So the more of the sky you see, the better your chance is to spot a shooting star. The best practice here is to lie flat on your back and look straight up.
  • Use a red-colored flashlight. Unlike ordinary flashlights, a red-colored one will preserve your night vision. To make a red-colored flashlight, you can simply wrap a piece of red cellophane around your standard flashlight.
  • Avoid looking at your phone. Your smartphone’s bright screen is bad for night vision, so you should avoid using it. If you need to consult a stargazing app, turn the Night Mode on — it will be a little easier on your eyes.


What is a meteor?

How fast do meteors travel?

What color are shooting stars?

  • Orange-yellow (sodium)
  • Yellow (iron)
  • Blue-green (magnesium)
  • Violet (calcium)
  • Red (atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen)

What is a meteor storm?



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