When is the next meteor shower in the UK?

<img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/04/GettyImages-609979986-crop-e66223b.jpg?quality=90&#038;resize=620,413" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/04/GettyImages-609979986-crop-e66223b.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=720,479 720w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/04/GettyImages-609979986-crop-e66223b.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=576,383 576w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/04/GettyImages-609979986-crop-e66223b.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=360,239 360w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/04/GettyImages-609979986-crop-e66223b.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=180,119 180w, " sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-75786 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail" alt="When is the next meteor shower in the UK? © Getty Images" title="When is the next meteor shower in the UK? © Getty Images" /> <p>If you’re interested in getting into astronomy, watching a meteor shower is a great way to get started. They’re predictable and easy to see, and you don’t need any expensive equipment. In fact, you’re better off without a telescope, just a lawn chair, a blanket and a flask of a hot drink.</p>
<p>Read on to find out when you can see each meteor shower in 2022, when the peaks are and how many meteors you can expect to see. Don’t worry if there aren’t any showers any time soon – you can also check out our <a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/space/full-moon-uk/">full Moon calendar</a> and <a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/space/astronomy-for-beginners-uk/">astronomy for beginners guide</a>.</p>
<h2>What is a meteor shower?</h2>
<p>A meteor shower is a stream of shooting stars that appears to come from one particular area of the sky.</p>
<p>As comets travel around the Sun, they leave a trail of debris behind. When these fragments, most of which are smaller than a grain of sand, enter the Earth’s atmosphere, we call them meteors.</p>
<p>Meteors travel at incredibly high speeds and almost all of them completely disintegrate on their journey through the atmosphere. What we see is the flash of light they give off as they disintegrate.</p>
<p>A meteor shower is named for the area of the sky where the meteors appear to originate. For example, the Lyrids seem to come from the constellation of Lyra, and the Leonids from Leo.</p>
<p><strong>Read more about meteors:</strong></p>
<ul><li><a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/perseids-2021s-most-active-meteor-shower-in-pictures/">Perseids: 2021’s most active meteor shower in pictures</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/space/how-can-we-tell-that-a-meteorite-has-come-from-a-particular-planet/">How can we tell that a meteorite has come from a particular planet?</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/space/life-on-mars-the-story-of-meteorite-alh84001/">Life on Mars: The story of meteorite ALH84001</a></li>
</ul><h2>When is the next meteor shower in the UK?</h2>
<p>The next meteor shower to grace the skies of the UK is the <strong>Lyrids</strong>. The shower is expected to be visible <strong>between 14 and 30 April</strong>, with the peak on <strong>22-23 April</strong>.</p>
<p>The dates of when you can see each shower, plus the peak and the number you can expect to see per hour, are below.</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 14-30 April</p>
<p><strong>Peak: </strong>22-23 April</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 18</p>
<h3><strong>Eta Aquariids</strong></h3>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 19 April – 28 May</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 6 May</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 50</p>
<h3>Delta Aquariids</h3>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 12 July – 23 August</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 30 July</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour: </strong>25</p>
<h3>Alpha Capricornids</h3>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 3 July – 15 August</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 30 July</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 5</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 17 July – 24 August</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 12-13 August</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 100</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 6-10 October</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 8-9 October</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 10</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 2 October – 7 November</p>
<p><strong> Peak:</strong> 21-22 October</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 25</p>
<h3>Northern Taurids</h3>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 20 October – 10 December</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 12-13 November</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 5</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 6-30 November</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 17-18 November</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 10</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 4-20 December</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 14-15 December</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour: </strong>150</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 17-26 December</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 22-23 December</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour: </strong>10</p>
<p><strong>Visible:</strong> 28 December 2022 to 12 January 2023</p>
<p><strong>Peak:</strong> 4 January</p>
<p><strong>Rate/hour:</strong> 120</p>