November Leonid meteor shower peak to reach 10 meteors per hour

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED November 17, 2017 11:01 am
Photo from NASA

(Inside Manila) Each year, in mid-November, the famous fickle yet spectacular Leonid meteor shower hits Earth—a shower responsible for some of the history’s most intense meteor storms, with meteors reaching as high as 50,000 per hour.

According to, the meteor shower occurs when the orbit our planet crosses the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle—a comet that “makes its way around the sun every 33.3 years, leaving a trail of dust rubble in its wake.”

While the peak starts in the predawn hours of the 17th, the best show would be on the following day as it will coincide with this month’s new moon. The weather permitting means it will all be dark skies on that night, hence a perfect observing experience sans special observation equipment.

Around 10 meteors per hour may be observed among the background stars of the show’s radiant point in the constellation Leo, the lion.

“Go outside, find a dark sky, lie flat on your back and look straight up,” NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said, “and be prepared to spend a couple of hours outside.”



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