Late Monday night, early Tuesday morning (November 16-17), the Leonid meteor shower peaks. Astronomy
The Leonids’ radiant lies in the sickle of Leo the Lion
the projected rate is 15 meteors per hour. With the Moon out of the way, the show should put on a good display. The best views will come between 3 A.M. and 6 A.M. local time.
The Leonids are fast-moving meteors and often show persistent trains of ionized gas that can hang in the sky for several seconds after a meteor passes overhead. This shower results from debris left by Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, whose last visit to the inner solar system occurred in 1998. Its next perihelion, or close pass of the Sun, will be in 2031.
, which rises shortly after midnight. The greatest meteor rates will occur a few hours later. [Image: Roen Kelly, Astronomy]