Sexy local meteor showers in your area tonight!

They’re fiery, they’re beautiful, and you should check them out

Quick Notes

  • Apps like Meteor Shower Calendar and Meteor Active can help you track the best times to view meteorite showers

  • Sites like the American Meteor Society can advise you on which kinds of meteorites are best for viewing, and when the best time to see them is

  • Meteorite showers never stick around for just one night, they’re often celestial events lasting weeks

Meteorite showers are categorized as celestial events that occur when thousands of rocks hurtling through space can be seen throughout our sky. Many of the ‘shooting stars’ you may have been lucky enough to have witnessed are stray meteorites that are briefly visible. A meteorite shower is the same thing in much higher numbers.

Meteorites are essentially large rocks flying through space at such speeds they appear to glow due to the heat that emits from them. When viewed from Earth, they can make for incredible light shows, which is why the times they are most likely to occur are often recorded so that people can gather to witness them.

The majority of meteorite displays are best viewed after midnight, and it isn’t only the time and place that’s important: factors such as moonlight activity and light pollution can have a profound effect on visibility. Luckily, as with all things in the modern age, there are plenty of apps that make this process easier.

Apps and sites can help you to know what shows are worth watching

Mobile apps such as Meteor Shower Calendar and Meteor Active make it so you have a personalized meteor schedule right in your pocket, whenever you may need it. You don’t have to be an astrologist or meteorological expert to get the most out enjoying this celestial experience.

If apps aren’t really your forte, there’s an entire website dedicated to recording the frequency of the most recurrent meteorite showers and the best times to view them. The American Meteor Society (or AMS) was founded in 1911 and continues to provide information on upcoming meteorite showers that can be seen from Earth.

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There are a variety of upcoming meteorite showers that AMS makes note of and even the most invested meteorite enthusiast can’t see every one of them. Most experts pay particular attention ones that last for a substantial amount of time and burn brightly enough to be easier to spot.

One of the most exciting upcoming celestial events is expected to be the shower of the Geminids, named after their astrological position in the sky. AMS describes them as often being the strongest display of the entire year due to how brightly colored they are, and how intensely they burn. The peak time for viewing is between December 13th-14th.

Keep your hemispheres in mind

As you’re considering which meteor showers to look at, keep in mind that not all activity is viewable throughout the planet. For example, the Ursid shower happens exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere and is somewhat of an overlooked treasure due to how close it is to Christmas and how infrequent the meteorite sightings can be. There are usually around ten meteorites spotted per hour during an Ursid shower, but up to twenty-five have been recorded in the past.

Meteorite showers are not a one-night event. They last for weeks, and gradually reach their peak for viewing over time

It is also important to remember that meteorite showers are not a one-night event. They last for weeks, and gradually reach their peak for viewing over time. These peaks are the best times for you to stay up and observe the skies above.

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