View Full Version : Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks November 16-17

2012-Nov-12, 06:06 PM
The annual Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak during the night of November 16-17, although the event lasts for several days. During some years it has been spectacular. The meteors are remnants from Comet Tempel-Tuttle. They radiate from the constellation Leo. That means their tails point back toward Leo, but they can be seen anywhere in the sky. Best viewing is between local midnight and dawn when Leo is above the horizon and observers will be on the side of the Earth plowing into the meteor stream. The waxing crescent Moon will set during the evening and not present a hindrance.

For my calendar of upcoming major meteor showers with information on Moon illumination, visit my webpage at www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids

Descriptions and perhaps lucky photos of the shower would be welcome additions to this thread.

2012-Nov-12, 09:09 PM
My best viewing of the Leonids was about 10 years ago. I don't think it was a particularly spectacular year for them. But I was at conference in Miami and viewed them lying on my back on the sands of Miami Beach, right by my hotel. Even with the city lights to one side, it was a good show.