Look Up! The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 19, 2018

The shower peaks Sunday morning, as Earth passes through the debris trail of the comet Temple-Tuttle. The comet takes 33 years to complete one orbit of the sun.

The Leonid has a sparkling history, with rates of almost 100,000 meteors per hour recorded in 1833.

Be warned that as well as factoring in the time, depending on where you are in the country will impact what you see.

The best time to see this year's Leonids peak is between 12 AM and 6 AM in all time zones throughout the United States on November 17th and 18th. But you don't need to look in the direction of the constellation, because the meteors will appear all across the sky.

Note that the Leonids - a meteor shower is the second of the month, which reaches its maximum activity 17, 18 November. It's name comes from the constellation, Leo the Lion.

If you're willing to courageous some chilly early morning temperatures, you'll have the opportunity to marvel at the bright strokes of cosmic debris from November's Leonid meteor shower, which is at its peak this weekend. The meteors blaze into the atmosphere at 44 miles per second, the fastest of any shower meteors. For the best show, observers should head as far from the city as possible - artificial lights drown out fainter meteors and render the brighter ones less impressive. The Leonid meteor shower will be visible from the naked eye, but, it is still advisable to carry a pair of binoculars for a clear and close vision.

Even if you're in a light-polluted area, you still might be able to see some meteors during the peak of the shower. That is the key to successful viewing is always the lack of "light noise", that is, light from the lamps and screens. 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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