Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Pablo Tucker
November 18, 2019

The Leonids meteor shower peaks the night of November 17.

Space agency NASA is advising viewers to look to the west in purchase to get the very best see, but a practically comprehensive moon and the current bad weather conditions could make looking at it tougher than in prior years. There is a chance to catch 10 to 15 meteors per hour. While we're not expected to see such a storm in 2019, Russian astronomer Mikhail Maslov is predicting possible "activity enhancements" Friday night and Saturday morning.


Leonid meteor formed by the debris left by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which last crossed the Earth's orbit in 1998 and not due back until 2031. Check online to see when it will be visible in your part of the world.

The show that we call a meteor shower consists of an icy comet's leftovers that enter our planet's atmosphere. The high status comes from the quality of the meteors, which are bright and can also be colorful. Leonids are commonly splendid and lovely falling stars, with a speed of 44 miles for every subsequent that makes determined trails over the sky. They won't completely come into see until after 12 PM, as indicated by NASA, as the meteors slam into the environment head-on.


Should you actually don't get to see the bathe tonight, then actually don't fret, the flawless watch is forecast to be in 2034, when an believed two, 000 meteors an hour will crash throughout the sky. The effect is described as meteors appearing like rain.

The Leonids are best viewed starting at about midnight local time. 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.


Find an area well away from city or street lights.

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