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Look for shooting stars! How to See Leonids Meteor Shower Peak this Weekend


The Leonids are among the most spectacular of all the annual meteor showers that light our skies each year.

But this year's celestial display should be a little calmer than usual, although it's still very pretty.

The shower will peak early on Sunday and Monday morning (November 17-18) between midnight and dawn.

Royal Museums Greenwich, an organization that manages the Royal Observatory, wrote: Leon The Leonids are generally one of the most prolific annual meteor showers, with fast, brilliant meteors associated with the Tempel-Tuttle comet.

O As the comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves a path of small debris. The cometary debris enters the atmosphere of our planet at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per second, vaporizing and causing the rays of light we call meteors. & # 39;

The Leonids meteor shower got its name because its radiant – the point in the sky from which the meteors seem to come – is within the Leo constellation.

A view of Leonid meteor shower captured near Amman, Jordan (Photo: Reuters)
Meteor Leonid is made up of small fragments that come off a comet called Temple-Tuttle

There should be between 15 and 20 shooting stars visible every hour as long as the sky is clear.

Here are NASA's tips for watching the natural wonder: Leon The Leonids are best viewed from midnight local time. Find an area well away from city or street lights.

‘Prepare for winter temperatures with a sleeping bag, blanket or garden chair.

‘With your feet facing east, lie on your back and look up, absorbing as much sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you will begin to see meteors.

"Be patient: the program will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse."

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