Leonid meteor shower: Where, how and when to watch it

Leonid Meteor Shower Leo the Lion

Space watchers are in for another good time to see shooting stars as the Leonid meteor shower peaks during this November.

But where and at what time can you witness this natural spectacle? "Meteors might be visible a few days before and after the peak".

The spectacular meteor shower will be a real celestial treat as Leonid meteorites hit earth this weekend.

Asteroid watchers can see around 20 asteroids in a span of an hour in any part of the sky during the night, even though the best time to view them is during the early morning.

Leonid meteor shower is an annual phenomenon and appear originate in the constellation Leo. It was popularly known as the northern Taurid meteor as they had better views from the Northern Hemisphere.

"This year, however, visibility will be excellent because the new moon will take place on November 18, providing a flawless view of the meteors, which will not be washed out by any lunar light", the space website wrote.

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Northumberland National Park is the place to be this weekend.

The Leonids are best viewed when is the sky is darkest between midnight and the very beginning of sunrise.

Head to open spaces, preferably away from any light pollution, get yourself comfortable on your back in a sleeping bag and blankets and gaze up at the sky. It is possible to see the Lenoid showers with the naked eye, so you won't need any special equipment.

There are many other meteor showers, but on average they do not have as many bright meteors as the Perseids, Leonids, or Geminids.

"Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse".

"If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short - this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening".

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