Leonid Meteor Shower 2017: When and Where to Watch in UK

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 17, 2017

17, the night sky will light up with the annual Leonid meteor shower, and it's a show you won't want to miss! Actually, they are debris of the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The minute particles, just half a gram each, burn up in the upper atmospheric layers causing a lovely show to appear.

Optimal viewing conditions will give star gazers the opportunity to view this year's Leonid meteor shower this weekend.

A small moon means that the shower should be easier to see than ever.

Scientists named the meteors "Leonids" after the constellation Leo, because they seem to shoot out from that constellation. The 2016 Leonid showers showed activity between November 5 and 30, with the peak activity occurring between November 17 and 18.

Read on to find out more about the shower and how you can see it.

Every 33 years, the Leonid meteor shower arrives as a storm of meteors, writes Space.com, with more than 1,000 shooting stars an hour.

In 2034, researchers predict that observers will have a chance to witness 2,000 meteors per hour, in a 'Leonid storm'.

Because the next night, the meteors will be very much.

The best way to view a meteor shower is to find somewhere where the night sky will be dark and clear.

The best place to see the shower will be someplace away from bright lights and light pollution.

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