Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2016

2016 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks November 17

The Leonids will peak on the night of November 17 and early morning of November 18 in 2016, just 3 days after a Full Moon.

The Leonid meteor shower is annually active in the month of November and usually peaks around November 17 or 18. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.

The Leonids can be seen by viewers from both hemispheres.
While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest lying down on the ground and looking at the sky between the East and the point right above you to view the Leonids. The best time to view the Leonids is after dark, but a bright Waning Gibbous Moon may make it difficult for viewers to see many meteors.

The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun.
People can view about 20 meteors an hour at the peak of the Leonids meteor shower.

Learn more at at  2016 Leonid meteor shower

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