• Justine I.

2021 Guide to Upcoming Meteor Showers

How, when, and where to see every meteor shower in the U.S. for the rest of the year


The night sky is littered with meteors streaking across in front of the Milky Way

Photo Credit: Michal Manciewicz



Meteor showers are some of the most exciting and breathtaking sky events you can witness - but if you’re not careful, they can be easy to miss! That’s why we at Pathloom decided to put together a comprehensive list of every meteor shower that will be occurring for the remainder of 2021. This includes the breathtaking (and upcoming!) Perseids, which NASA says will be the best of the year; and the Geminids, which won’t be until a little later in the year, but is widely regarded as one of the best and most reliable showers for viewing.


Viewing conditions vary around the world, and some meteor showers are much more visible from the Southern Hemisphere. However, at this point in our company’s lifecycle the overwhelming majority of Pathloom’s community is US-based, so we tried to list the best locations to view each shower domestically. We hope to provide a more international perspective in coming years, but for now we’ll focus on our local readership.


A meteor falls through a rainbow night sky over Rye, New Hampshire

Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller



So mark your calendars and get trip planning! Remember that you’ll only need to find a location without much light pollution, and arrive with enough time to find a good view of the sky to see something truly beautiful. You can use this tool to find the best places to stargaze near you - and if you’re new to stargazing, check out our article on planetary conjunctions for a more comprehensive look on how to view constellations! Remember, meteor showers are typically named after the constellations that they appear closest to, so for the most ideal views find that constellation and set your sights there. Good luck, and don’t forget to make a wish!



Southern Delta Aquariids

  • Dates Active: July 12th - August 23rd

  • Next Peak for Viewing: July 28th - 29th

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Southern United States


Alpha Capricornids


Perseid Meteor Shower peaking in August with dozens of trails of meteors streaking across the night sky

Perseids Meteor Shower - Photo Credit: Prokhor Minin


Perseids

  • Dates Active: July 17th - August 26th

  • Next Peak for Viewing: August 12th - 13th

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US!


Orionids

  • Dates Active: October 2nd - November 7th

  • Next Peak for Viewing: October 20th - 21st

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere on Earth!


Southern Taurids

  • Dates Active: September 10th - November 20th

  • Next Peak for Viewing: November 2nd - 3rd

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere on Earth!


Northern Taurids

  • Dates Active: October 20th - December 10th

  • Next Peak for Viewing: November 11th - 12th

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere on Earth!


The night sky above the mountains of Washington is a deep blue, all the better for contrast for the meteor streaking overhead

Photo Credit: Daniel Mayo


Leonids

  • Dates Active: November 6th - November 30th

  • Next Peak for Viewing: November 16th - 17th

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US!


Geminids

  • Dates Active: December 4th - 17th

  • Next Peak for Viewing: December 13th - 14th

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere on Earth!


Ursids

  • Dates Active: December 17th - December 24th

  • Next Peak for Viewing: December 21st - 22nd

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US!


Quadrantids

  • Dates Active: December 27th - January 10th, 2022

  • Next Peak for Viewing: January 2 - 3, 2022

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Northern United States


An ideal campsite - tent and fire laid out in the forest under a clear night sky, where meteors can be seen streaking overhead

Photo Credit: Jonathan Forage


Do you have any great night sky photography you'd like to share with us? Send a photo to blog@pathloom.com, or connect with us on Social Media for a chance to be featured in an upcoming post!

Pathloom Intern Justine Imburgio majors in Secondary Education and English at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Look for more of Justine's writing in the Pathloom blog in the summertime!

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