The Leonid meteor shower has been underway since November 6th but will peak around November 17th. The Leonids seem to come from the constellation Leo. The Leonids are considered to be large meteor showers and are best seen from a dark place, but the light of a waxing moon can be disruptive. Typically, in rural areas where the sky is mostly clear, under perfectly dark conditions, 10-15 meteors can be seen within an hour during the Leonid peak shower.
But this year this value should be in the single digits. Leonids usually have some of the fastest meteors that can travel at speeds of up to 71 km / s.
Leonid meteor shower: when, where to see
According to EarthSky, the best time to watch the shower is just before sunrise, after the moon has set. If you can, drive out of the city to a place where the city lights don’t drown the stars and where it’s darkest so you have the best view of the shower.
Leonid meteor shower: where to look
Meteors in annual showers are named because of their origin, the point from which they appear to radiate. The Leonid meteors will appear in all parts of the sky.
The Leonid shower is known to produce meteor storms after a certain interval. However, scientists do not anticipate such an event this year. A shower is called a storm if it sees more than 1,000 meteors per hour. The Leonids have typically been producing a storm every 33 years since 1833, but it’s inconclusive.
Leonidian meteor shower: observation tips
According to NASA, here are the things you can do to enjoy the heavenly show of the falling stars:
- Walk far from the city’s light pollution and find a place with a clear and unobstructed view of the night sky.
- Be patient and watch for at least 30 minutes. Carry a lounge chair for more comfortably viewing the night sky.
- Clothing suitable for cold night temperatures, ie wear jacket, gloves and blankets.
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