The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Pablo Tucker
November 16, 2019

This meteor shower is caused by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which sweeps through the inner solar system every 33.3 years.

Only time will tell, but on the off-chance that it's not cloudy during the peak of the Leonids on Saturday night, the best places in the United Kingdom to see the meteor shower are the Shetland Islands and the South East. Unfortunately, the moon is also set to be about 80 percent full, probably washing out some of the 15 meteors per hour that are predicted. Be sure to check online to see when it will be visible in your part of the world. The meteors will look to originate just below and to the left and appear to fall out of the constellation Monoceros. They're known for being bright and colourful, and some of the moving rocks fly through space at about 44 miles per second.


The actual peak of the Leonids comes the following night, which means the entire weekend could be good for trying to observe this meteor shower.

For reference, the cream of the crop meteor showers, the Persieds and Geminids, typically produce about 60 meteors an hour, so this could truly be an event for the ages.


Stargazers will be in for a show this weekend as one of the most popular meteor showers of the season, the Leonids, hits its peak Saturday night, the weather service Accuweather says.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don't forget to bundle up.


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