Best Time to See the Leonid Meteor Shower

The Leonid meteor shower of 2010 is peaking this week and the best time to see the sky show is now.

The annual Leonids should be at their best through Nov. 18, according to skywatching experts. Avid meteor gazers graced with clear skies may see between 15 and 20 meteors per hour.

This sky map shows where to look to see “shooting stars” from the Leonids this week. The best time to try to see the Leonids are in the last two or three hours before sunrise, when the moon has set.

“From the time of moonset until around 5:15 a.m. when the first streaks of dawn begin to appear in the east and the sky will be dark and moonless,” advises Joe Rao, SPACE.com skywatching columnist.

The Leonid meteor shower is an annual event that returns every mid-November. The shower is caused by material left behind the comet Tempel-Tuttle when it passes near Earth’s orbit during its regular trip through the solar system.

Source from news.yahoo.com

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