The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend!
The Leonid Meteor Shower occurs every year in mid to late November, and this year the peak dates are November 17 and November 18! The Leonids occur when the Earth’s orbit passes through debris from the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. When this debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere, we see shooting stars.
Meteor showers are typically named for the area in the sky they seem to radiate from. The Leonids are named after the constellation Leo.
This year, we can expect to see anywhere between 10 and 15 meteors per hour. The best time to view the meteor shower will be between midnight and dawn on Friday and Saturday mornings. Weather wise, Friday morning is looking like the best viewing conditions with clear skies. Clouds will start to move in Saturday morning ahead of our next weather system.
For the latest forecast, check out : http://www.wmdt.com/weather