Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend!

The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend!

According to The Weather Network, from November 6 to 30, Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes 33 years to complete one orbit of the sun.

Space.com reported that Russian meteor expert Mikhail Maslov has predicted that on November 19, 2034, the meteors will fall at a rate of hundreds per hour. Beforehand, check out TimeandDate.com to see when the Leonids will be visible in your area.

The best time to see this year's Leonids peak is between 12 AM and 6 AM in all time zones throughout the USA on November 17th and 18th. While the meteors radiate from the the constellation Leo, you don't need to look in its direction to see the meteors; simply look up!

Sutherland says that when these pebbles hit the Earth's atmosphere, they produce very bright meteors in the night sky, known as fireballs. With that being said, stargazers should still opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies.

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What's more, this meteor shower promises a spectacular display. Fireballs are brighter and larger and can last longer than the average meteor, while earthgrazers appear close to the horizon with long, colorful tails.

As is the case with most celestial events, catching a meteor shower is a waiting game.

And while Leonids showers tend to be fairly minor, there are typically between 10 and 15 meteors per hour. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.

If you don't mind getting up really early this weekend and spending time in the cold, you'll be able to see some meteors. If you want to photograph the Leonid meteor shower, NASA suggests using a camera with manual focus on a tripod with a shutter release cable or built-in timer, fitted with a wide-angle lens.

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