In the early morning hours on Monday, the Leonid meteor shower will send shooting stars across the sky. It is best viewed around midnight Saturday night (Nov. 16).
The Leonids are some of the most stunning meteor showers and they produce a meteor storm every once in a few decades, and sometimes, a number of up to a thousand meteors can be observed in an hour. The high status comes from the quality of the meteors, which are bright and can also be colorful. As a result of the nature of the orbit, Leonids enter Earth's atmosphere on the fastest meteor velocities possible. They are known for their fireballs and earthgrazer meteors. Fireballs are larger bright explosions of light and color that appear in the sky longer than an average meteor streak.
While this year's shower is expected to be fairly typical, Leonids has a history of putting on quite a show. The moon is set to be about 80% full, which would make it hard for us to see the 15 meteors per hour, which are predicted to make their appearance. 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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The meteor shower happens "when the Earth passes through debris left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle", according to timeanddate.com.
'Come willing for wintry climate temperatures with a drowsing accept, blanket or lawn chair. Astronomers recommend to lay flat on the ground and look up for around an hour.
Should you actually don't get to see the bathe tonight, then actually don't fret, the flawless watch is forecast to be in 2034, when an believed two, 000 meteors an hour will crash throughout the sky. Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.