Read about when major meteor showers occur.
Major meteor showers occur when friction with the air causes a meteoroid to burn up. The streak, or shooting star, produced is called a meteor. Large numbers of meteors can produce a spectacular shower of light in the nighttime sky.
There are a number of groups of meteoroids circling the sun just as the Earth is. When Earth's orbit intercepts the path of one of these swarms of meteoroids, some of them enter Earth's atmosphere.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation that occupies the area of the sky from which they originate. Listed below are ten major meteor showers and the dates of the year during which they can be seen.
|Name of Shower||Dates|
|Eta Aquarids||May 1-8|
|Perseids||July 25-August 18|
|Taurids||October 20-November 20|