The Leonid meteor shower will illuminate the night sky this month and put on a socially distant spectacle for everybody to enjoy.
This year, one meteor is relied upon to streak over the night sky at regular intervals or so during the peak of the Leonids. That is as indicated by Bill Cooke, the lead for the meteoroid climate office at NASA, who mentioned to TODAY what to search for.
When to watch the Leonid meteor shower
The Leonids happen each year in mid-November. This year, the best an ideal opportunity to watch the meteor shower at its peak is around 3 or 4 a.m. local time on November 17.
“They’re an early morning riser shower, which makes it inconvenient for some people,” Cooke said. On the off chance that you need to watch, make sure to set a alarm.
What are the Leonids?
Those items streaking through the sky happen when pieces of Comet Tempel-Tuttle disintegrate in the Earth’s air.
“You might see as many as 10 to 15 meteors per hour,” Bruce McClure of EarthSky told TODAY. “If you trace the Leonid meteors backwards, they all seem to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion.”
McClure said the shower will be noticeable around the globe, however it “favors the Northern Hemisphere.”
What’s the most ideal approach to watch the Leonids?
The Leonids are fainter than some other yearly meteor showers.
“To see meteor showers, go out, find a dark place and lay flat on your back and look straight up,” Cooke said. “Use your eyes. There’s no need for a telescope or binoculars.”
He additionally suggests not taking a gander at a cell phone while outside, since this can influence how an individual sees objects around evening time. Since the Leonids are on the dimmer side, sky gazers should remain ready as they watch the early morning cosmic event.
While the Leonids are tamer than some other meteor showers, think of them as the initial represent the Geminids. The substantially more lively meteor shower is set to peak one month from now the evening of December 13.