Leonid Meteor Shower 2018 Update

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EaglemossSaturday, November 17, The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak with about 10 to 20 shooting stars to appearing every hour.

The meteors will be traveling at around 44 miles per second and should be observable with clear skies. 

Bill Cooke, from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, told Newsweek,

“The Leonids this year are expected to produce between 10-20 meteors per hour just before dawn on the morning of November 18. Even though the Leonids are faint, the waxing gibbous Moon will set before the radiant gets high enough in the sky to produce decent meteor rates, so there will be no moonlight to interfere with the viewing. Best time is from 3 A.M. to dawn—go outside and lie flat on your back, and look straight overhead. Be sure to allow 30 minutes or so for your eyes to adapt to the dark; avoid glancing at the bright screen of your cell phone, as this will mess up your night vision.”

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