September Meteor Showers: Complete Guide

( Learn curious facts about the Alpha Aurigids, the September Epsilon Perseids, and the Daytime Sextantids, and find out the best time to watch meteor showers! )

Three meteor showers — the Alpha Aurigids, the September Epsilon Perseids, and the Daytime Sextantids — will produce the greatest number of meteors in September. Wonder how to catch “shooting stars” tonight? Read our article to find out everything about September meteor showers!

Get more tips for watching meteors to maximize your chances of catching the spectacular stellar show in the sky, and then take our quiz about meteor showers to see how well you’ve prepared for meteor hunting!

September 1: The Alpha Aurigids

The Alpha Aurigids meteors appear to originate from the point near the bright star Alpha Aurigae also known as Capella, in the constellation Auriga; they enter the atmosphere at a velocity of 66 km/s. This meteor shower can produce rare activity outbursts observed in 1935, 1986, 1994, and 2019, but it typically exhibits a zenithal hourly rate of six meteors per hour.

Stargazers from the Northern Hemisphere should wait until 11 p.m. local time. In the Southern Hemisphere, the meteors will be visible starting from about 3–4 a.m. local time; note that you’ll have about an hour of viewing time.

September 9: The September Epsilon Perseids

Radiating from a point near the star Epsilon Persei in central Perseus, these swift meteors enter the Earth’s atmosphere at a velocity of 64 km/s. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), the September Epsilon Perseids produce around five meteors per hour at their maximum.

The best time to see the Epsilon Perseids from the Southern Hemisphere will be from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. local time. Meteor hunters from the Northern Hemisphere will have an opportunity to start observations earlier: around 8–9 p.m. local time.

September 27: The Daytime Sextantids

The radiant of this meteor shower lies in the constellation Sextans, close to the Sun. The Daytime Sextantids are only visible shortly before dawn. Generally, observers can catch around five meteors per hour during the peak activity. However, this year, rates could be even lower, so spotting one of these meteors would be an accomplishment!

To watch the Daytime Sextantids before sunrise, start observations around 4–5 a.m. local time, when they will be best seen as the Sun won’t block the view.

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Wishing you clear skies and happy observations!

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