View Full Version : Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks 2017 NOV 16-17

2017-Nov-10, 04:11 PM
The annual Leonid Meteor Shower may already be underway. It is expected to peak during the night of 2017 NOV 16-17. Its radiant is in the constellation Leo. That is the direction toward which the meteor tails point, but the meteors are equally likely to appear anywhere in your sky. The Leonids are debris from the periodic comet 55P Tempel-Tuttle.

The Leonids vary considerably each year in their rates. At the peak, sharp-eyed observers may see as few as ten meteors per hour or as many as a hundred, although in exceptional years this can reach the thousands. This year the expectation is not high.

The real show begins after Leo rises around midnight and intensifies until morning twilight. At the shower’s peak the thin waning crescent Moon should not provide interference.

Descriptions of the shower or perhaps even lucky photos would be welcome additions to this thread. My calendar for the major meteor showers including Moon illumination data can be found at www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids.html