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The annual Leonid Meteor Shower is already underway. It is expected to peak during the mornings of 2014 NOV 17 & 18. 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 remnants of the periodic Comet 55P (Tempel-Tuttle).
The shower is best observed after midnight when Leo has risen. Over the years the peak hourly rate for an observer of the Leonids has varied from 30 to over a 1000. The waning crescent Moon should not be much of a disturbance this year.
Descriptions of the shower or perhaps even lucky photos would be welcome additions to this thread. My calendar for the major meteor showers during this decade including Moon illumination data can be found at CurtRenz.com/asteroids.html
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2015 12:07:38 GMT -6 by Centaur
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Nov 17, 2014 0:59:17 GMT -6
The only time I've had a clear sky for the peak of the Leonids was two years ago. I was very disappointed, spending a very cold night for only 8 meteors, although one was almost straight at me. That one was in or near Leo, and instead of streaking across the sky, it brightened and then faded, almost looking like a very quick supernova.
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