Meteor Shower Calendar 2014

IF you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you might want to keep a look out for these fantastic events in the heavens above us!

Name Start End Peak
Quadrantids 27/12/2013  1/03/2014 02/01/2014
Centaurids 27/01/2014 20/02/2014 08/02/2014
Puppids 04/14/2014 27/04/2014 23/04/2014
Aquariids 04/18/2014 27/05/2014 05/06/2014
Lyrids 02/05/2014 13/05/2014 07/05/2014
June Boötids 21/06/2014 01/07/2014 27/06/2014
Piscis Austrinids 14/07/2014 09/08/2014 27/07/2014
Capicornids 02/07/2014 14/08/2014 29/07/2014
Kappa Cygnids 02/08/2014 24/08/2014 17/08/2014
Geminids 13/10/2014 26/10/2014 17/10/2014
Orionids 01/10/2014 06/11/2014 20/10/2014
Leonis Minords 18/10/2014 26/10/2014 23/10/2014
Leonids 05/11/2014 29/11/2014 17/11/2014
Monocerotids 14/11/2014 24/11/2014 21/11/2014
Geminids 03/12/2014 16/12/2014 14/12/2014
Comae Berenicids 11/12/2014 22/12/2014 15/12/2014
December Leonis Minorids 04/12/2014 02/03/2015 19/12/2014
Ursids 16/12/2014 25/12/2014 22/12/2014

Best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. Predicted to be One of the best meteor showers of the year.   Well known showers.  

Use our Moon Phase table below to see what the moon is doing as a bright moon can reduce your views of some Meteor Showers. Also clock on the moon picture to see our lunar information page.

This is what the moon looks like in the sky today if you are in the UK  
This is what the moon is doing tonight.  Click on to find out why.

What are Meteor Showers?

A meteor or "shooting star" is Space debris burning up in the Earth's atmosphere, forming a visible streak of light that moves across the sky. A Meteor Shower is caused when particles of Space debris are seen travelling in parallel paths from the same point in the night sky. Meteor showers are also sometimes referred to as meteor swarms. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface. If a meteor does hit the Earth, it becomes a meteorite. Some of the most famous annual meteor showers are the Perseid and Leonid meteor showers, but we have many others each year. To find out more about meteor showers we suggest you take a look at these websites below...

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   Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UK SEDS) - The is an international student organization whose purpose is to promote space exploration and development through educational and engineering projects.

Web Link to Liverpool Museum
Liverpool Museum - The World Museum (Liverpool) was opened on 18 October 1861 and houses a range of extensive collections covering subjects from archaeology, ethnology, natural and physical sciences. Special attractions at the museum include the Natural History Centre and a large Planetarium.

 The British Astronomical Association - The BAA is Britain's leading organisation for observational astronomy, The BAA was founded in London in the autumn of 1890.

Web Link to the European Space Agency (ESA)  The European Space Agency  - The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to space exploration. It was formed in 1975.

Web Link to NASA NASA - United States Government's space program was started in 1958. That lead to the Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong descending the ladder to become the first human to step onto the surface of the Moon.

 Liverpool Astronomical Society
- The society is the oldest amateur astronomical society in the world, and was founded in 1881.   The society’s aims are the same as when it was formed and they always welcome new members.

Things We Don't Know (TWDK)
- This website is dedicated to explaining the questions to which science is still seeking answers, in plain English.