Leonid Meteor Shower November 17-18, 2014 – expecting a modest show

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The meteor showers can produce meteor storms, but no Leonid storm is expected this year. It will be a modest shower, with typical rates of about 10 to 25 meteors per hour at the peak, depending on the clarity and darkness of your night sky. (In 1966, observers reported seeing 40 to 50 meteors per second, that’s 2,400 to 3,000 meteors per minute!)

The best time to watch the Leonids is in the dark hours before dawn. Fortunately, the waning light of the lunar crescent moon won’t seriously influence the view of this year’s production.

The ’radiant point’ for the Leonid meteor shower is near the star Algieba in the constellation Leo (now very near to Jupiter), but the meteors often don’t become visible until they are 30 degrees from their radiant point, they are streaking out from ’the radiant’ in all directions. Thus the Leonid meteors – like meteors in all annual showers – will appear in all parts of the sky.


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