The Leonid meteor shower will be visible above Canada this weekend

19 November, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Look Up! The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

The diminutive Comet Tempel-Tuttle will cross Earth's orbit, creating a vaporizing shower of debris in the atmosphere.

Leonid meteor storms occur every 33 years or so. In 1833, according to Baker, viewers saw an incredible 100,000 meteors per hour.

The Leonid shower should be visible in some parts of the United Kingdom tonight.

You can see the Leonids between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.in whatever time zone you're in on November 17th and 18th.

The best time to see this year's Leonids peak is between 12 AM and 6 AM in all time zones throughout the U.S. on November 17th and 18th.

You will need a warm jacket and patience waiting for what's expected to be around 20 meteors per hour at its peak about three hours before sunrise Sunday.

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"The name of the Leonids meteor stream, this was due to the fact that visually emerges from the constellation of Leo (the" leo" in Latin - Ed.).

While a meteor storm isn't predicted for this year's Leonids, it's possible we could sneak up on an undetected pocket of dense dust that quickly goes up in flames in our atmosphere, putting on quite a show in the process. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo but can appear anywhere in the sky. Fireballs are brighter and larger and can last longer than the average meteor, while earthgrazers appear close to the horizon with long, colorful tails. You'll be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour.

As is the case with most celestial events, catching a meteor shower is a waiting game.

November can be pretty chilly, so bundle up if you're heading out to see the Leonids.

Remember, drive out to rural Alabama, 10-15 miles outside of Birmingham, to avoid light pollution. 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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