Comets, Meteors and Asteroids - Major meteor showers

Shower Date of Maxima Hourly Rate Velocity (km/s)
Quadrantids January 3 40 40
Lyrids April 22 15 50
Aquarids May 4 20 64
Perseids August 12 50 60
Orionids October 21 20 66
Taurids November 4 15 30
Leonids November 16 15 70
Geminids December 13 50 35
Ursids December 22 15 35

The table above identifies the major meteor showers and indicating the date it is best viewed and an approximate hourly rate*.

* Remember hourly rate is the number of meteor (falling stars) you would see in one hour if you were observing from a dark location.