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Look for shooting stars! How to see the peak of the Leonids meteor shower this weekend



The Leonids are the most spectacular of all the annual meteor showers that light up our sky every year.

But the look of the sky this year is set to be a little calmer than usual, although it will still be very beautiful.

Bathing will peak early on Sunday and Monday morning (November 17 and 18) between midnight and dawn.

The Royal Museums Greenwich, an organization that manages the Royal Observatory, writes: Leon Leonid is usually one of the more productive annual meteor showers, with fast and bright meteors associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

‘As the comet follows its path around the sun, it leaves a trail of small debris. Comet debris enters our planet's atmosphere at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per second, evaporating and causing a beam of light that we call a meteor. "

The Leonids meteor is named because its beam – the point in the sky where the meteor originated – originates from the constellation Leo.

A view of the Leonid meteor shower captured near Amman, Jordan (Photo: Reuters)
The Leonid meteor consists of a small fragment that escapes from a comet named Temple-Tuttle

There must be between 15 and 20 shooting stars visible every hour, as long as the sky is clear.

Here are NASA's tips for watching natural wonders: Leon Leonid is best seen starting around midnight local time. Find an area far from city lights or roads.

‘Be prepared for winter temperatures with sleeping bags, blankets or lawn chairs.

‘Orient yourself with your feet pointing east, lie on your back, and look up, taking as much sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will start seeing meteors.

‘Be patient – the show will continue until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse of it.’


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