The great thing about meteor showers is that you really don’t have to know a thing about astronomy to enjoy them. Whether you want to plan a romantic date night or a fun family night out, watching bright meteors shooting across the night sky is spectacular. You’ll have lots of opportunities in 2020 to sit back and see these amazing sites.
Mark your calendars for the most amazing meteor showers of 2020!
This meteor shower will peak from April 21 to April 22. But you may catch glimpses anytime between April 16 and April 25. This impressive meteor shower will produce approximately 10 to 15 meteors per hour around its peak.
The Eta Aquariid meteor shower will peak between May 4th and May 5th. The shower will be visible beginning around April 19th until about May 28, but if you want the best chances for viewing, step outside and look to the sky on May 4th and May 5th.
If you miss the first two, you’ll have a chance to see the Perseid meteor shower between August 11th and August 12th. The moon will be 47% full on these nights, so the Perseids will really have a chance to shine in the night sky.
Draconid showers are very peculiar. The radiant points stand the highest in the sky as darkness falls. They are more apt to fly in the evening hours and in the morning after midnight, which is unlike many meteor showers you’ll have a chance to see. This meteor shower of 2020 is expected to peak from October 7th through October 8th.
Get out before dawn on October 21st and October 22nd. The Orionid meteor shower will exhibit 10 to 20 meteors per hour before dawn and slow down with more after midnight.
This shower will radiate from the bright stars called Castor and Pollux. The Geminid meteor shower is one of the best ones to view in the Northern Hemisphere and takes place in the constellation Gemini the Twins. Even if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll still be able to view it, but it will be much clearer to the North.
For the night owls, just after the new moon on November 15th, the Leonid meteor shower will storm the sky from November 16th to November 17th. The additional darkness brought on by the new moon will make this shower one you won’t want to miss. The best time for viewing is after midnight through dawn during the darkest hours of the night.
The Castor and Pollux stars will produce another round of meteor showers in the constellation Gemini. This one will happen in the mid-evening through dawn December 13th and December 14th. This is also another shower best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, but it is visible in the Southern Hemisphere as well.
The Ursids will be your last chance in 2020 to see meteor streaking across the sky. This meteor shower is expected to peak between December 22nd and December 23rd and will reach its highest activity around 1:00 PST on the 22nd. Get out before dawn on the 22nd and after dusk on the 21st for the best views.