Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: When is the next meteor shower? When will the Leonids 2018 be at their peak?


The Leonid meteor shower is one of the more productive showers that erupt every November.

Leonids zap across the night sky as the earth crosses the orbit of the comet temple Tuttle.

The shooting stars are the cosmic remnants and debris left behind by the huge space rock as it walks around the sun.

On the night of the summit of the shower, the Leonids build intensity and radiate sky-gazers with an unforgettable spectacle of nature.

When is the Leonid meteor shower top?

The Leonid is expected to peak this month between Saturday night, November 17, and the morning of Sunday, November 18.

The shower will be the most intense this weekend, but the full range of activities will be between the 15th of November and the 20th of November.

Even if you miss the shower on the night of the summit, you should still be able to see a series of shooting stars on the days before and after the summit.

Occasionally the Leonids create a so-called Leonidstorm when hundreds or even thousands of meteorites cross the sky.

Meteor showers occur about every 33 years, and astronomers do not expect such an event this year.

What is the best time to see the Leonid meteor shower?

As with most large meteor showers, the Leonids are best seen between midnight and early dawn when the sky is pitch black.

Astronomer Deborah Byrd of EarthSky.org suggests looking for the meteorite early in the morning or after sunset.

Unfortunately, for meteorites, a bright moon at night can slightly affect visibility.

Ms. Byrd said, "In the year 2018, on Saturday and Sunday mornings – the 17th and 18th of November – the main shower is expected from midnight to dawn.

"Although a shining, growing Gibbous Moon stays out most of the prime dates, you should watch this rainfall during the morning hours or after the moon has set."

How can you see the Leonid meteor shower this month?

Meteors are incredibly fast moving objects with bright trails of fire and occasional fireball bursts.

This means you do not need a telescope or binoculars on the night of the summit. Instead trust your own two eyes.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich said: "The hunt for meteors is like the rest of astronomy waiting. Therefore, it is best to take a comfortable chair to sit and warm, as you can stay outside for a while.

"They can be seen with the naked eye, so no binoculars or a telescope is required, although you have to adjust your eyes to the darkness."

It takes no more than 20 to 30 minutes for your eyes to get used to the darkness.

Where can the Leonid meteor shower be seen?

If you follow the falling stars in the sky on the night of the meteor shower summit, they seem to radiate from a point near the constellation Leo – their namesake.

However, it is known that meteorites that break out into the atmosphere fly in all possible directions, which means that it is best not to look for their radiation point.

Instead, look for a quiet and dark spot with an unobstructed view of the night sky.

Ms. Byrd said, "We hear many reports from people who see meteors from yards, decks, roads, and especially highways in and around cities.

"But the best place to see a meteor shower is always in the country.

"Just go so far away from the city that glittering stars, the same stars that are drowned by the city lights, come in sight."


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