To be honest, 2019 was a crappy year for meteor showers. It seemed like almost every shower was washed out by the moon. That sucks because there's something special about lying out in the grass as meteors streak across the sky overhead. It's one of those unique experiences that can make you feel small in a vast universe.
Thankfully, you won't be disappointed this year.
Today, Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office will play the role of Professor Farnsworth, because he's got good news, everyone: The meteor showers in 2020 are going to be a hell of a lot better than 2019. Or, as Cooke put it, "2019 sucked for meteor showers. 2020 is going to be much better." Fewer of the displays will be washed out by bright moonlight, which is the biggest difference. There aren't likely to be any outbursts or unexpected meteor events, but you should have generally great conditions for all of the year's best showers.
To prep you for a year of meteor-watching, Cooke walked Thrillist through every meteor shower worth catching throughout the year, so you know what to expect when you're out stargazing. Get out your planner because here are the best fiery space dust displays you shouldn't miss in 2020.