Friday, November 15, 2013

Leonid Meteor Shower 2013

The 2013 Leonid Meteor Shower, potentially visible from November 6th through November 30th, will be at its peak on the night of November 16th through early November 17th. The Leonid is one of the most famous annual meteor showers. Every 33 years it puts on its showiest spectacle. The next peak will be in 2023, but this year's shower should produce 20 meteors per hour. The Leonid is visible in both hemispheres.

City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. Sadly, the full moon will interfere with the view for this year's Leonid Meteor Shower.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Leonid Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Leo the Lion.

Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhotos.

Check out these sites for more information about the Leonid Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe:

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