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Leonids meteor shower peak tonight: The best time, a place to see shooting stars


The Leonids Meteor is set to appear in the night sky tonight.

The Leonids will peak on Saturday night until Sunday morning. Best seen around midnight Saturday night (November 16).

According to NASA, Leonid is considered a heavy rain even though the levels are often as low as 15 meteors per hour. High status comes from the quality of meteors, which are bright and also colorful. They are also fast – Leonid runs at 44 miles per second and is considered one of the fastest meteors.

Leonids also have a history of fireballs and ground-grinding meteors. Fireballs are bigger and brighter bursts of light and color that appear in the sky longer than ordinary meteor lines. Earthgrazers are meteors darting close to the horizon and are known for their long, colorful tails.

Although this year's showers are thought to be quite typical, Leonids has a history of performing quite well. Every 33 years or so, viewers on Earth can experience Leonid storms – defined as having at least 1,000 meteors per hour – which can peak with hundreds to thousands of meteors seen per hour depending on the location of observers, NASA explained.

The last Leonid meteor storm occurred in 2002.

Tips for watching NASA:

Leonids are 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 to the 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 last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

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