This year has already been quite amazing when it comes to all things in the night sky. That being said, as far as meteor showers go, we will all be noticing a lot of shooting stars in the months to come.
For anyone who may not know, a meteor shower is basically a stream of debris left in space by a passing comet. These showers can range from mild to extreme and are quite interesting to watch. Sometimes we see just a few and other times the sky itself is lit up.
There are quite a few showers coming up this year, we will even be having two in November and December! Sure, only a handful of these showers will go above and beyond, but all are worth checking out. Below I will go over each one.
Lyrid Shower (April 22nd)
This shower is expected to have about 10-20 shooting stars per hour. This shower has not been quite strong throughout the past few years but you never know what you’re getting until it is here. This shower is one of my favorite.
This shower is expected to have about 20-60 ‘shooting stars’ per hour. This shower comes from Halley’s comet and can be amazing if given the right sky conditions. In the wee morning hours, this shower might become your best friend.
Delta Aquariid (July 29th)
This shower is expected to have about 20 ‘shooting stars’ per hour and will not be all that exciting. However, it will come with an energy that brings forth a new beginning. I know this sounds odd, but you will understand what I mean when it gets here.
Perseid (August 13th)
This shower is expected to have about 90 ‘shooting stars’ per minute. It is going to be a spectacular sight, weather permitting. This is one you won’t want to miss!
Orionid (October 21st)
This shower is expected to have about 10-20 ‘shooting stars’ per hour and will be one of the more boring showers of the year. However, because of how visible this shower is, it is one we often take the time to enjoy. If you can, I suggest immersing yourself in it.
This shower is expected to have about 10-20 ‘shooting stars’ per hour and with that bring forth emotions like nothing before. This one will be visible almost everywhere in the world.
Leonid (November 18th)
This shower is expected to have about 10-20 ‘shooting stars’ per hour. Just like the last few, it will not be as fun-filled as most would want it to be. This one is also all about the energy.
This shower is expected to have about 100-120 ‘shooting stars’ per hour and will easily be the best this year. If it delivers, it will be a sight to behold. I can’t wait!
Ursid (December 22nd)
This shower is expected to have about 10 ‘shooting stars’ per hour. It is going to be a good end but also a slow end to the month. Regardless though, I believe even just one shooting star is more than enough to brighten things up.