The Leonids Peak This Week
With no moon in the sky it should be easy to see the Leonids peak on the morning of Nov 17th. After midnight, the moon free sky will make it perfect for viewing the typical 10 to 15 meteors per hour. The Leonids are produced by the debris trail of the orbital path of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. Look above he constellation Leo.
The Leonids have produced some of the most impressive shows in history. Meteor storms have been observed during the Leonids ( about every 33 years). A meteor storm “sprays” shooting stars at a rate of hundreds or thousands an hour and lights up the sky. This can last very briefly or for hours. It occurs when earth passes through a concentration of debris left from the path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The Leonids last peaked (stormed) in 1999, with bonus peaks in 2001 and 2002. There isn’t a storm expected with this meteor shower.