Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend: How to watch

Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend: How to watch

Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend: How to watch

Get your eyes (and telescopes) ready: the Leonid meteor shower is taking place this weekend and you'll be able to see it from Earth. At about 3 a.m. EST on Saturday, you can expect to spot a couple of meteors in the sky, according to CNN. The shower peaks Sunday morning, as Earth passes through the debris trail of the comet Temple-Tuttle.

A full moon won't occur until the 23rd so the over a quarter waxing gibbous moon could be better and worse and it will set in the small hours of Sunday morning. The comet takes 33 years to complete one orbit of the sun.

The Leonids shower is famous for sparking spectacular meteor storms that, in the past, have showcased hundreds of thousands of meteors per hour, This year's storm is going to be much less, about 20 per hour.

The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo, the Lion, as the meteors will be coming from the stars that make up the lion's mane. The meteors blaze into the atmosphere at 44 miles per second, the fastest of any shower meteors. The sighting of the fireball, which some said also produced a yellowish-orange glare, was seen across all parts of Texas, from Houston and San Antonio to Dallas. The high speeds mean they produce a greater percentage of fireballs - meteors at least as bright as the brilliant planet Venus - than most showers.

In 1966, the Leonid shower was actually a meteor storm. For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky. 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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