With the Leonids recognized to create significantly brilliant streaks throughout the sky, we must be in for a deal with on Thursday evening and into Friday morning, when the meteor bathe peaks.
The Leonid meteor bathe is brought on by dusty bits of particles left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle because it orbits the solar. The particles trigger brilliant trails as they deplete in Earth’s environment at excessive velocity.
In line with NASA, the eagle-eyed amongst us may see as many as 20 meteors per hour blazing throughout the sky. Nevertheless, it additionally factors out that the moon might be round 35% full that evening so its mild might obscure the view of a few of the fainter meteors. Nonetheless, because the Leonids usually provide some significantly brilliant streaks, there must be loads of meteor motion to get pleasure from.
And when you’re trying up, take a second to identify a few of the different celestial objects populating the evening sky, too.
The best way to watch
To present your self one of the best probability of recognizing the Leonids, head out late night on Thursday, November 17, and discover a darkish spot nicely away from any mild air pollution. When you’re within the metropolis and might simply make your technique to a distant location with a broad view of the sky with none brilliant lights close by, then do exactly that.
Make sure to take heat clothes, blankets, sizzling drinks, and if potential, some sizzling snacks, too, so you’ll be able to really feel snug whereas having fun with the sunshine present. A conveyable reclining seat, or one thing heat to lie on will stop you from having to face there straining your neck as you lookup into the evening sky.
NASA says: “Whereas the moon might be rising within the east with [the star constellation] Leo round midnight native time, it’s really higher to view the sky away from the meteors’ obvious level of origin, by mendacity again and looking out straight upward, as any meteor trails you see will seem longer and extra spectacular.” Take a look at the video above for a extra detailed clarification.
All set? Now simply hold your fingers crossed for clear skies!