Most meteor showers are predictable, thus you can plan on them.
Thanks to the Old Farmer's Almanac, here is a list of 2014's most well known meteor showers:
However, this last may need to be added to. This is due to Comet 209P/LINEAR which was discovered in 2004 by an automated observing campaign. Detailed calculations of its orbit indicated that in May 2014 the comet's debris trails will pass extremely close to Earth (about 0.0002 Earth-Sun distances, or within spitting distance of our planet's outermost atmosphere). Thousands of particles could burn up in Earth's atmosphere as shooting stars when our planet slams through the debris field.
Thank you to Mikhail Maslow and Sky and Telescope Magazine for this image.
The region seeing the light (daytime hours) in this image would not get a good view of the shower while the darkened regions will be experiencing night and be able to see the show.
Recent estimates are between 100 and 400 meteors per hour. That would qualify as a meteor "shower" but would not qualify as a meteor "storm" (which is ~ 1,000 per hour).
When: The night of May 24, 2014
Where: southern Canada and the Lower 48; Central America
Where to Look: due north making this best viewable in the Northern Hemisphere
Earlier today, SpaceX founder, CEO and lead designer Elon Musk talked about his company’s plans to send humans to the Red Planet, and they were rather ambitious plans to say the least.
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As we turn the calendar to September, we have a plethora of rocket launches scheduled throughout the entire month, including the first launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, since 2014.