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2023 Guide to Upcoming Meteor Showers

How, when, and where to see every meteor shower in the U.S. throughout the remainder of 2023


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

Photo Credit: Michal Manciewicz


 

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Editor's Note: This article, originally published in 2021 and updated in 2022 has been refreshed as of April 2023 to reflect a current schedule of meteor showers for the duration of this year. We'll continue to update this post as needed to provide you with the most relevant information regarding upcoming sky events worth staying up late for!

 

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 2023 - beginning with the Lyrid shower that peaks next week! We're also including dates for the two total lunar eclipses (May and October), as well as the four Supermoons of the year (July, August (x2), and September), when the proximity of the full moon makes it appear larger in the night sky than at any other time! Get your cameras, binoculars, and/or telescopes ready!


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!


Lyrids

  • Dates Active: April 15th - April 29th

  • Peak Viewing Date: April 21st - April 23rd (new moon on 4/19!)

  • Optimal Viewing Time: All night long!

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


Eta Aquariids

  • Dates Active: April 15th - May 27th

  • Peak Viewing Date: May 5th - 6th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: 2am until dawn

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

*Unfortunately, a full moon will have risen when this shower reaches its peak, which may obscure viewing. Still, this shower is strong enough you may still be able to see plenty!*



Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: May 5th


*Unfortunately, this Eclipse will occur during daylight hours in the Western Hemisphere, and therefore will not be visible from the US*


Areitids

  • Dates Active: May 29th - June 17th

  • Peak Viewing Date: June 7th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Just before dawn (majority of shower occurs during daylight)

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


Full Buck Supermoon: July 3rd


Delta Aquariids

  • Dates Active: July 18th - August 21st

  • Peak Viewing Date: July 30th (or any night while active in absence of moonlight)

  • Optimal Viewing Time: All night long (all night)

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


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

Perseids Meteor Shower - Photo Credit: Prokhor Minin


Full Sturgeon Supermoon: August 1st


Full Blue Supermoon: August 30th


Perseids

  • Dates Active: July 14th - September 1st

  • Peak Viewing Date: August 13th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Middle of the night

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


Full Harvest Supermoon: September 29th


Draconids

  • Dates Active: October 8th - October 9th

  • Peak Viewing Date: October 8th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Just after nightfall, prior to midnight

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


Orionids

  • Dates Active: September 26th - November 22nd

  • Peak Viewing Date: October 21st & 22nd

  • Optimal Viewing Time: 12-2am either night

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


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



Partial Lunar Eclipse: October 28th


Southern Taurids

  • Dates Active: September 23rd - November 12th

  • Peak Viewing Date: November 5th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Around midnight

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


Northern Taurids

  • Dates Active: October 13th - December 2nd

  • Peak Viewing Date: November 12th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Around midnight

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


*According to Earthsky.org, late October 2022 may actually be the best time to catch the Taurid meteor showers, as both showers overlap under a waning gibbous moon, meaning less light pollution to drown them out!*


Leonids

  • Dates Active: November 3rd - December 2nd

  • Peak Viewing Date: November 17th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Late evening until moonrise

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


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



Geminids

  • Dates Active: November 19th - December 24th

  • Peak Viewing Date: December 14th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: All night long (all night)

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


Ursids

  • Dates Active: December 13th - December 24th

  • Peak Viewing Date: December 23rd

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Just before sunrise, after moon sets

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


 

We'll update this guide again in 2024 with dates for the new year! Bookmark the Pathloom Blog for this and other great outdoors-related content released each and every week, and visit Pathloom.com to sign up for the FREE BETA version of our all-inclusive outdoor travel planning app!

 

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The original author of this article, Pathloom Intern Justine Imburgio, majors in Secondary Education and English at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Look for more of Justine's writing all over the Pathloom blog!

 


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