Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Beyond the Weather: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Beyond the Weather: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

The bright streak that you see is not the meteor itself, but is the glowing hot air as the rock zips through the atmosphere.

One of the most potentially exciting meteor showers of the year is here and ready to put on a free show as the Leonids hit their peak Saturday and Sunday. But Saturday, about 3 a.m. ET, will have less moonlight obstructing the view of the meteors in the United States.

Fox News reported that the Leonid meteor shower will peak around 1 a.m. MT on Sunday.

The Leonid meteor shower.

The bright meteors can also be colorful, and they're fast, moving at 44 miles per second - among the fastest meteors. In 1833, according to Baker, viewers saw an incredible 100,000 meteors per hour. The sighting of the fireball, which some said also produced a yellowish-orange glare, was seen across all parts of Texas, from Houston and San Antonio to Dallas. This time will be most favorable for observing the meteor shower.

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The Leonid meteor shower is named after the constellation Leo, which is located in roughly the same point of the night sky where the Leonid meteor shower appears to originate from.

At peak time spectators can expect to see between 10 to 15 shooting stars go streaking across the sky every hour. "Be patient - the show will last until dawn".

At this time of year, the Leonids are visible in the eastern sky.

While the shower is expected to be visible in some areas each night from November 15 to November 20, the best time to try to take in the view will be tonight (November 17) and early Sunday morning (November 18). With that being said, stargazers should still opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies.

Earlier on Thursday evening, viewer Genny Skrobanek says she saw a meteor in the skies over San Antonio that "was a handsome green color".

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