Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Leonid Meteor shower- Shooting stars, clear skies and a fine United Kingdom weekend

Texas Meteor When is the Leonids meteor shower 2018 and when can I watch it? | Environment
Cary Marshall | 17 November, 2018, 01:28

One account from the 1966 Leonid storm described seeing "dozens of meteors every second. the effect was similar to watching snowflakes race at your windshield while driving in a snowstorm".

And for some lucky Canadians, that could become a reality this weekend.

Every November around the 17th or 18th our planetary home crosses through the debris field left in the path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle to produce the Leonid Meteor Shower.

While the meteors will appear to be coming from the constellation Leo, for which they are named, that is not the best place to look for them as the meteors will be more dramatic across the night sky if you don't focus directly on the constellation.

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. 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.

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It will be visible to the naked eye so there's no need for any equipment, just let your eyes adjust to the dark and look out for fast and bright meteors with fine trains.

And while Leonids showers tend to be fairly minor, there are typically between 10 and 15 meteors per hour.

Be sure to check online to see when it will be visible in your part of the world.

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