This year’s Leonid Meteor Shower peaks November 16 to 17. The crescent moon sets after sunset so the skies will be dark for viewing. The Meteor Shower usually picks ups after midnight and peaks just before dawn. It is common to see 10 to 15 meteors per hour just before dawn. Unfortunately, those of us in Northern California are having clouds and rain making our chances of seeing meteors extremely slim.
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The Leonid meteor shower is named after the constellation Leo the Lion. If you trace the paths of the Leonid meteors backward, they all seem to radiate from this constellation – near the star Algieba. But you don’t have to identify the constellation Leo to watch the Leonids, for these meteors fly any which way through the nighttime sky. Generally, the higher that Leo climbs in the sky, the more Leonid meteors that you’ll see. At this time of year, the Lion climbs highest in the sky just before dawn.