METEORS: Leonids expected to peak this weekend

November 10, 2013 

If the weather cooperates, sky observers will be able to look for the Leonids meteor shower as it reaches its peak early in the night of Nov. 17-18.

The Leonids is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower has a cyclic peak year every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. This won’t happen again until 2034, after occurring in 2001.

While the peak is a week away, viewers might see some meteors from Wednesday through Nov. 20.

Not helping matters is the full moon, which will prevent observers from seeing some of the weaker meteors.

If the clouds clear enough, look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after midnight on Nov. 17. The shower is created as the Earth moves through debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

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