Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Late This Week!

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The Leonid Meteor Shower will peak our night skies on Delmarva late Thursday night into early Friday. The Leonids have been active since November 3rd and will continue through December 2nd. The best viewing time for the meteor shower will be just before 11 PM to moonrise which occurs just before 1 AM.

Leonid Meteor Shower Viewing

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The Leonids are considered to be one of the fastest moving meteors moving at 44 miles per second. They are known for producing fireballs; which result in long and bright meteor streaks. During the 2022 peak, you will be able to observe between 10-15 meteors per hour. Also this year, the moon will be favoring our viewing conditions; as it will be waning & illuminated around 33% just after the last quarter phase. Meteor experts say there’s a small chance we could see extra meteors as Earth crosses into the stream debris from the 1733 comet; which could produce rates over 50 meteors per hour.

Meteor showers get their origins from the constellation the meteors emigrate from. The Leonids originate from the constellation Leo. To look for the meteors, make sure to look throughout the sky & not just at the constellation. The Leonids are actually debris shed from the Tempel-Tunnel comet; which orbits the Sun and passes through Earth every 33 years.  Every 33 years, the Leonids are capable of producing a display of storm levels over 1,000 meteors per hour or super-storms levels producing over 100,000 meteors per hour.

The best way to view the Leonids, is to go to a dark location; the darker the better and look up. Also, give yourself about 20-30 minutes to adjust to the dark and binoculars would help to get a better viewing experience. Conditions on Delmarva for Thursday night look to be mostly clear to clear, with temperatures dropping below freezing into the upper 20s to low 30s, so don’t forget a jacket and some hot cocoa.


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