Meteors, comets & asteroids

Whether you are wishing on a ‘shooting star’ or wondering about the likelihood of an asteroid ending life on earth, read on for more about the origins of comets, meteors and asteroids. Plus, discover how you can learn to observe asteroids for yourself.





Tour the Solar System with our essential facts and figures.

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What is the Eta Aquariid meteor shower, when does it happen and how can I see it in 2020?

Lyrid Meteor Shower

What is it, when is it and where can I see the Lyrid meteor shower this year?

Delta Aquariids meteor shower

In 2020 the Delta Aquariids meteor shower is active from 12 July to 23 August, with the peak of the meteor shower taking place in the early hours of the morning on 29/30 July. 


What is the Leonid meteor shower, when does it take place and how can I see it?

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What is it, when is it and where can I see the Geminid meteor shower this year?

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What is it, when is it and where can I see the Quadrantid meteor shower this year?

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The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most dramatic things to see in the night sky between July and August. Find out the best dates to see the spectacular display, as well as where to look and how to photograph it, below.


Want to see 'shooting stars'? Check the key dates for major meteor showers in the UK and how to see them in the night sky.


The annual Lyrid meteor shower is underway and will be growing to its peak on Weds 22–Thurs 23 April.