How to Watch the 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower This Weekend

A Leonid meteor — a fragment of Comet Tempel Tuttle — streaks across the night sky

How to Watch the 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower This Weekend

As Earth gets deeper into the stream, the number of meteors visible in the sky increases and reaches its peak on November 17.

The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend in Metro Vancouver skies, and the weather forecast is predicting clear, sunny skies all weekend long.

If you're looking to understand the reason behind the Leonid shower, it occurs when meteoroids fall towards the planet after breaking off from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

The Leonid meteor shower could be visible, weather permitting, in the skies across the United Kingdom this weekend. In 1833, according to Baker, viewers saw an incredible 100,000 meteors per hour.

A meteor streaks across the night sky over Rio de Janeiro early

While some wondered if they'd witnessed an alien invasion, NASA was quick to confirm that the fireball was a meteor that most likely came from the North Taurid meteor shower. They'll look like they're flying from a point within the Sickle of Leo, a major constellation in the sky, which is why they're called "Leonids". The sighting of the fireball, which some said also produced a yellowish-orange glare, was seen across all parts of Texas, from Houston and San Antonio to Dallas.

Catching a glimpse of a meteor shower is definitely something many people want to experience at least once in their lifetime. This is not a particularly active year but still, there could be around 15 meteors an hour and the peak is the 17th and 18th November. Although such an event has been associated with the Leonid meteor shower before, the last storm event happened in 2001.

The waxing gibbous Moon passes the highest over Jacksonville's southern sky at 7:30 p.m. and will set at 1:19 a.m.

This will make them easy to spot in the night sky, although light pollution may wash out some of the meteors. I was six-years-old when I saw Saturn for the first time, and I still remember it, so I think it's very important to bring the little ones out as well.

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