Leonid meteor shower

17/11/2018 @ 11:00 pm – 18/11/2018 @ 5:30 am Europe/London Timezone

Some activity from the shower is visible from 15th – 20th November. The peak of the shower this year is between midnight and dawn 17th/18th. Peak rates are around 10-20 per hour, but that would be from a dark sky site. The best time to view the shower is after midnight when the radiant will be high in the sky.

This shower is caused by our Earth passing through debris left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

To view the shower you should try to get away from light sources. The meteors will originate from the constellation of Leo but you should lie back and take in a much of the sky as possible, you could see them in any part of the sky.

The image shows the radiant at 01:30 on the 18th

(image is from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software)

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