The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here's how to see it.


If you're looking to understand the reason behind the Leonid shower, it occurs when meteoroids fall towards the planet after breaking off from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Comets orbit the sun the same way Earth does.

Typically, there are between 10 and 15 meteors per hour.

The Leonid shower should be visible in some parts of the United Kingdom tonight.

So, to see the meteors can be anywhere in the Land, however, it is important to provide a minimum stray light.

As Earth gets deeper into the stream, the number of meteors visible in the sky increases and reaches its peak on November 17. Dr John Mason, from the British Astronomical Association, said: "If you are in the countryside you may see a few meteors, if it is the town or city, you may not see any at all".

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Once your eyes are adjusted, look up, lie back, and try to take in as much of the sky as possible, keeping in mind that the radiant point for the shower is the constellation Leo. The meteors blaze into the atmosphere at 44 miles per second, the fastest of any shower meteors.

The peak of the shower stretches from midnight through dawn Sunday, but you're best chance of seeing a meteor will be closer to Sunday morning.

Baker offers advice to anyone thinking about heading out to watch the Leonids Meteor Shower this weekend. In late autumn or early winter, that means viewing the spectacular light show with eyes pointed straight up in the night sky.

If you don't mind getting up really early this weekend and spending time in the cold, you'll be able to see some meteors. This is not a particularly active year but still, there could be around 15 meteors an hour and the peak is the 17th and 18th November. If you want to photograph the Leonid meteor shower, NASA suggests using a camera with manual focus on a tripod with a shutter release cable or built-in timer, fitted with a wide-angle lens.