Meteor Shower

A display of meteors streaking through the sky at rates of several to hundreds per hour. Whenever Earth intercepts a stream of comet debris in orbit around the Sun, some of the debris falls into Earth's atmosphere, producing the meteor shower. Two of the best annual meteor showers are the Perseids in August and the Leonids in November. See our list of this year's meteor showers for more information.


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Radio Programs

More Perseids Flashes of light in the summer night Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Perseid Meteors Fiery skies from comet dust Monday, August 10, 2015
Meteorites III Picking up some unusual rocks Sunday, April 19, 2015
Meteor Plots On the trail of “shooting stars” Thursday, January 29, 2015
Quadrantid Meteors The changing landscape of the sky Friday, January 2, 2015
Geminid Meteors Fireworks from the celestial twins Friday, December 12, 2014
Leonid Meteors Ready for a “streaky” meteor shower Sunday, November 16, 2014
Orionid Meteors Discovering a meteor shower Sunday, October 19, 2014
Meteor Showers Meteor showers on two planets Saturday, October 18, 2014
Perseid Meteors Looking for sparks through the moonlight Sunday, August 10, 2014
Moon, Venus, and Meteors Promise and possibility in the early morning sky Friday, May 23, 2014
Surprise Shower? Looking for a new meteor shower Thursday, May 22, 2014
Eta Aquarid Meteors Naming a meteor shower Sunday, May 4, 2014
Lyrid Meteor Shower Meteors for all occasions Sunday, April 20, 2014
Quadrantid Meteors Looking for the parent of a meteor shower Thursday, January 2, 2014
Geminid Meteors II A bright but temporary meteor shower Friday, December 13, 2013
Geminid Meteors Feeding a meteor shower Thursday, December 12, 2013
Orionid Meteors Moonlight and meteors Sunday, October 20, 2013
Draconid Meteors Sparks from the celestial dragon Sunday, October 6, 2013
Moon, Spica, and Meteors A double feature in the night sky Sunday, August 11, 2013
Eta Aquarid Meteors Sparks from a “wet” constellation Saturday, May 4, 2013
Comets Icy remnants from the birth of the planets Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Fire and Ice Fire and ice in the sky Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Geminid Meteors Bright accents for a night of skywatching Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Triple Treat A skywatching triple feature Friday, November 16, 2012
Orionid Meteors A trail of lights from a messy comet Saturday, October 20, 2012
Perseid Meteors The perfect spot for the Moon Saturday, August 11, 2012
Comet Swift-Tuttle A famous comet changes its image Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A Fresh Shower A fresh winter meteor shower Saturday, February 4, 2012
Quadrantid Meteors The children of a celestial break-up Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Geminid Meteors Bad timing for a good meteor shower Monday, December 12, 2011
Leonid Meteors A faint but steady meteor shower Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Orionid Meteor Shower Calling cards of a distant comet Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Draconid Meteors The sparks of a fire-breathing dragon Friday, October 7, 2011
Perseid Meteors Drowning out a fading shower Friday, August 12, 2011
Quadrantid Meteors Tracers of a bygone constellation Sunday, January 2, 2011
Geminid Meteors The meteoric fate of a meteor parent Monday, December 13, 2010
Leonid Meteors Enjoying an astronomical light show Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Moon, Planets, and Meteors Moon, planets, and meteors Thursday, August 12, 2010
Perseid Meteors Lighting up the late-night sky Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Moon, Mars, and Meteors Good news and bad news for skywatchers Saturday, January 2, 2010

Featured Images

Orionid Meteor Shower
Orionid Meteors Saturday, October 20, 2012
Geminid Meteors Monday, December 13, 2010
Leonid Meteor Shower 2010
Seeing Sparks Tuesday, November 16, 2010


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