Meteor Shower Calendar: June - September 2023

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Ten meteor showers are coming from June Solstice to September Equinox, including the renowned Perseids and prolific Southern Delta-Aquariids. Use this calendar to remember which meteor showers peak each month.


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Meteor shower peaks in June

June 27: June Bootids

  • Designation: 170 JBO
  • ZHR: variable
  • Moon illumination: 64%
  • Active: June 22 - July 2
  • Constellation: Bootes
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

The June Bootid meteor shower is unpredictable. It showed unusual activity in 1998 (50-100 meteors per hour) and 2004 (20-50 meteors per hour). Another outburst was expected in 2010, but the shower produced less than ten meteors per hour. There are no predictions about the June Bootids’ activity for 2023. Anyway, try watching it around June 27, when the peak is expected. For many Northern Hemisphere locations, the shower’s radiant will stay high above the horizon all night. The further south you are, the lower the radiant will appear for you.

Meteor shower peaks in July

July 10: July Pegasids

  • Designation: 175 JPE
  • ZHR: 5
  • Moon illumination: 48%
  • Active: July 4-14
  • Constellation: Pegasus
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

The July Pegasids are weak and not well-studied. They are usually active at the beginning of July. The radiant will be seen in both hemispheres but will rise higher in the northern sky by the night's second half. In 2023, the shower’s peak is expected on July 10.

July 28: Piscis Austrinids

  • Designation: 183 PAU
  • ZHR: 5
  • Moon illumination: 79%
  • Active: July 15 - August 10
  • Constellation: Piscis Austrinus
  • Visible from: Southern Hemisphere

In 2023, the Piscis Austrinids peak on July 28. Their radiant is near the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, Fomalhaut, which will very conveniently rise high in the southern sky during the shower’s peak. The Moon will shine bright but will disappear over the horizon by the time the radiant climbs the highest.

July 28: July γ-Draconids

  • Designation: 184 GDR
  • ZHR: 5
  • Moon illumination: 79%
  • Active: July 25-31
  • Constellation: Draco
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

On the same day, the July Gamma Draconids (γ-Draconids) will also be at their peak. They haven’t shown any activity since 2017, but in 2016, they produced an outburst (30-40 meteors per hour). This year, the maximum activity is expected on July 28, at around 19:00 GMT. For the Northern Hemisphere observers, the radiant will be high all night, and the Moon will set by midnight and won’t interfere with the observations. In the Southern Hemisphere, on the contrary, the radiant will be very close to the horizon, and the Moon will light up the sky all night.

July 30: Southern δ-Aquariids

  • Designation: 005 SDA
  • ZHR: 25
  • Moon illumination: 94%
  • Active: July 18 - August 21
  • Constellation: Aquarius
  • Visible from: Southern Hemisphere

The Southern Delta Aquariids (δ-Aquariids) are one of the most active meteor showers in the southern sky. Observers reported outbursts in 1977 and 2003 (about 40 meteors per hour). This year, the Southern Delta Aquariids will reach their peak on July 30. Their meteors are dim, and the Moon can hinder the view. Fortunately, in the Northern Hemisphere, the Moon will set soon after the radiant rises and will not interfere too much. However, the radiant will be low in the sky for most of the northern latitudes. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Moon will be on view all night, so it’s better to start observations early in the morning, after the moonset. By that time, the radiant will be almost overhead.

July 30: α-Capricornids

  • Designation: 001 CAP
  • ZHR: 5
  • Moon illumination: 94%
  • Active: July 3 - August 15
  • Constellation: Capricornus
  • Visible from: Southern Hemisphere

The Alpha Capricornids (α-Capricornids) produce slow-moving, bright meteors but are not prolific: the highest activity rate was registered in 1995 and was about ten meteors per hour. In 2023, the shower will peak on July 30. In the Northern Hemisphere, the radiant will hang close to the horizon, and the Moon will disappear soon after it reaches the highest point. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Moon will be near the radiant all night and will only set early in the morning. By this time, the radiant will be low above the horizon.

Meteor shower peaks in August

August 13: Perseids

  • Designation: 007 PER
  • ZHR: 100
  • Moon illumination: 8%
  • Active: July 17 - August 24
  • Constellation: Perseus
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

The Perseids are so bright and abundant that they’ve become one of the most popular meteor showers. Every year this meteor shower is on the list of the most spectacular and anticipated astronomical events.

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The year 2023 brings us perfect conditions to observe the Perseids. The peak is expected on August 13 – three days before the New Moon, so the sky will be dark, giving you a chance to see as many meteors as possible. It’s best to observe the shower from the mid-northern latitudes: from there, the radiant will climb the highest by 10 p.m. local time. Find more tips on how to observe the Perseids in our dedicated article.

Unfortunately, the shower can’t be properly observed from most of the Southern Hemisphere and latitudes north of about +60°.

August 17: κ-Cygnids

  • Designation: 012 KCG
  • ZHR: 3
  • Moon illumination: 1%
  • Active: August 3-28
  • Constellation: Cygnus
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

The Kappa Cygnids (κ-Cygnids) showed extra activity in 2007 and 2014. However, in 2023, we will most likely see the usual three meteors per hour. The peak will be on August 17. In the Northern Hemisphere, the radiant will be visible throughout the night. In the Southern Hemisphere, the radiant will be either low above the horizon or below it: the more south you are, the more unlikely you are to see the shower.

Meteor shower peaks in September

September 1: Aurigids

  • Designation: 206 AUR
  • ZHR: 6
  • Moon illumination: 98%
  • Active: August 28 - September 5
  • Constellation: Auriga
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

The most recent outbursts of the Aurigids were registered in 2007 and 2019: the shower produced 30-50 meteors per hour. The activity is expected to be weak this year and will reach its peak on September 1. The Aurigids favor the Northern Hemisphere, where their radiant is high above the horizon. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is visible 1-2 hours before sunrise, near the skyline. Note that peak activity is expected one day after the Full Moon that will likely outshine the meteors.

September 9: September ε-Perseids

  • Designation: 208 SPE
  • ZHR: 5
  • Moon illumination: 27%
  • Active: September 5-21
  • Constellation: Perseus
  • Visible from: Northern Hemisphere

The September Epsilon Perseids (ε-Perseids) are not to be confused with the August Perseids: they have different parent comets. Also, the ε-Perseids are much weaker. In 2023, the ε-Perseids reach their peak on September 9. In the Northern Hemisphere, the radiant will be on view all night starting at 10 p.m. local time. Stargazers from the Southern Hemisphere will have to wait longer and get less time until dawn. The Moon will shine nearby and might interfere with the observations.

Bottom line

The period from June to September is marked by several notable meteor showers. We recommend paying special attention to the Perseids and the Southern δ-Aquariids, the most abundant of them all. Check if you are ready to watch shooting stars by taking our quiz! Also, see our calendar of the best meteor showers 2023.

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We wish you clear skies and happy observations!