The Leonid meteor showers are peaking this week, so I’ll be out tonight trying to catch a glimpse of them.

Their source is Comet Temple-Tuttle and the Leonids are known for producing meteor storms when the comet is in our neighborhood. But that is not expected this year and typically these are not one of the big meteor shows of the year. Predictions are for about 10-15 meteors per hour, but since the odds of seeing a falling star on a normal is practically zero, tonight and early tomorrow morning is a good gamble.

The Moon will “set” in late evening, so the skies will be dark from late night until dawn and that helps viewing in the light-polluted sky above Paradelle.

The radiant point of the Leonid shower is below the horizon in the constellation Leo the Lion, but the radiant point  will rise over the eastern horizon around midnight which is why it will be better to look in the hours before dawn. But you don’t need to look to a meteor’s radiant to watch the meteor shower. The meteors will appear in all parts of the sky.

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