Do you feel up early? Leonid Meteor Shower set for this weekend



by Scott Sistek / KOMO News

FILE – Early Perseid Meteor spotted on July 22, 2017 at Mt. Rainier sunrise. (Photo: Gowtham Pannala, photo of the inner eye)

One side is favorable for the precious quiet November weather because the sky will mostly be clear to Leonid's annual meteor shower, which will peak this weekend.

This meteor shower comes as Earth passes through the dust left by the Comet Tempel-Tuttle, according to SpaceWeather.com. Some years it can do for spectacular projections of meteors and fiery spheres, but this year is not expected to be one of them.

"Earth will lead a needle between dense filaments and get less dust," Dr. Tony Phillips with SpaceWeather.com.

But scientists predict that it is 15 meteors per hour, and any chance of "star shooting", especially in the hazy northwest, should be valued.

This shower is technically at any time between midnight and dawn, but the best chance is to watch it in the evenings on Saturdays and Sundays – so there is not so much "delaying" events as the "get up early" event. The moon will set at 12:48 on Saturday morning and around 1:52 on Sunday and always helps to get out of the way a bright moon.

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Look at the southeast sky to find the constellation Leo (why they are called "Leonids") and the meteors seem to come from here. The best conditions for viewing are the darkest skies from city lights. In places, however, an unobtrusive fog appears, so the valley areas are not the best. It is expected that the sky will be brighter on Sunday morning than early in the morning on Saturday morning as we are still out of Friday's weather.

As an extra bonus, Phillips points out that there are several other interesting heavenly objects. One of them is a new comet that you can see with a telescope. And Venus, a bright star on the eastern sky, will be close to the Spica star.

If you have some Leonid photos, we'd love to see them! You can email them to [email protected] or send them to our social media channels, such as Facebook or Twitter.


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