Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018 To Reach Peak This Weekend

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018 To Reach Peak This Weekend

It takes place when Earth moves across the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Leonid meteor storms occur every 33 years or so.

Space.com reported that Russian meteor expert Mikhail Maslov has predicted that on November 19, 2034, the meteors will fall at a rate of hundreds per hour.

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

Be warned that as well as factoring in the time, depending on where you are in the country will impact what you see. "I was six-years-old when I saw Saturn for the first time, and I still remember it, so I think it's very important to bring the little ones out as well".

Even without a major meteor outburst, the Leonids can typically produce 15 to 25 shooting stars or fireballs an hour, if you can find clear skies away from light pollution.

The Leonid meteor shower is named after the constellation Leo, which is located in roughly the same point of the night sky where the Leonid meteor shower appears to originate from.

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Note that the Leonids - a meteor shower is the second of the month, which reaches its maximum activity 17, 18 November.

The best Leonids views are usually from the countryside or open fields far from city lights. Fireballs are brighter and larger and can last longer than the average meteor, while earthgrazers appear close to the horizon with long, colorful tails.

In the early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday, the Leonid meteor shower will send shooting stars across the sky.

In 1966, the Leonid shower was actually a meteor storm.

Becky Baker, astronomy professor at Missouri State University, said you should expect to see 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

November can be pretty chilly, so bundle up if you're heading out to see the Leonids. The best time to watch is from 12am to 6am, as there'll be less light to interfere. 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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