Posted by: Jerry Garrett | November 2, 2011

2011 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Nov 17-18

The Leonid Meteor Show can be unpredictable!

One of the bigger meteor showers each year comes in mid-November, with the arrival of the Leonids. But this year, expectations are low.

One reason is the Leonids will be competing, in the pre-dawn hours when they will be at their peak, with a fairly radiant Last Quarter of the Moon.

The Leonids get their name from the constellation, Leo the Lion, which provides a backdrop for them. The moon will be nearly smack on top of, and facing, Leo when the shower of comet debris arrives.

Some years the Leonids are wild displays of hundreds of meteors an hour. Other years, like this one, they are just “meh.”

Observers still might be able to observe up to 10 shooting stars an hour, if they are in an area with extremely dark skies. For tips on where some of those locations might be, check out my column about the Ten Best Places to Watch a Meteor Shower.

Check back here December 1 for what to expect in the skies in the final month of 2011; it could be interesting, with not one but two pretty good meteor showers, a dark winter solstice and a total eclipse of the moon!

Jerry Garrett

November 1, 2011

 

 

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