The Leonids can be traced back to Comet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle and have put on some real shows over the centuries in the form of intense meteor storms that produce hundreds of visible meteors per hour.
The American Meteor Society says we’re unlikely to see such a storm in our lifetime (the most recent was in 2001), although 2030 may see a minor storm. This year, the Leonids offer the opportunity to see about 15 meteors per hour at peak on Tuesday, November 17, when the little piece of a moon won’t cause much disturbance. The Leonids tend to be quite bright with some sustained trains.
To catch Leonids, the best strategy is to venture out in the early morning before sunrise, as close as possible to the respective peaks of the showers. If possible, remove yourself from light pollution, dress appropriately, and find a comfortable place to recline with a clear, expansive view of the sky.
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Then relax, let your eyes adjust and just watch. There is no need to focus on a particular part of the sky, but if you can spot the constellation Leo, it looks like the Leonids have come from that part of the sky and jump out like spokes on a wheel. Also keep an eye out for a bright Taurid fireball, such as the.
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