Leonid meteor shower: SC to have excellent visibility for this celestial spectacle

James Marshall
November 14, 2017

If you don't mind staying outside in chilly weather this weekend, you're in for quite the celestial spectacle - the Leonid meteor shower.

Such natural phenomena are visible on moonless nights with 10-15 meteors per hour. The showers can be the most spectacular of all meteor showers and peak in the month of November.

A meteor shower is caused by the Earth crossing the path of a comet which leaves tiny bits of sand-like debris along its path.

During a meteor shower, most of the meteors appear to come from a point in the sky. It was popularly known as the northern Taurid meteor as they had better views from the Northern Hemisphere.

The Leonid meteor shower peaks on the night of Friday, November 17, and early the following morning. They generally are best after midnight and should be good as well on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

"This year, however, visibility will be excellent because the new moon will take place on November 18, providing a flawless view of the meteors, which will not be washed out by any lunar light", the space website wrote.

Anyone in the northern hemisphere will have the best view, especially people in Scotland, Canada and parts of Russian Federation.

Northumberland National Park is the place to be this weekend.

If you have one, feel free to use it, but the shower can also been seen with the naked eye.

"Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse".

Nasa advises you don't have to look in the direction of the Leo constellation to see the meteors as they are visible throughout the night sky.

Although this is a relatively few compared to other showers, the Leonids tend to burn brightly.

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