The Leonid meteor shower is set to peak on the night of Nov. 17 and early the following morning. Experts warn that the show may not be as impressive as it should be due to the incoming supermoon.
You may be able to see some of the meteors as early as Nov. 13. It will also continue until Nov. 21, when only half of the moon’s face will lit the sky, Space.com reports.
The event occurs every November when Earth’s orbit crosses Comet Tempel-Tuttle’s orbit. The meteor shower is actually the debris of the comet, which returns to the solar system every 33.3 years.
The meteor shower originates from the constellation Leo. However, this does not mean that there would be a specific direction you need to look at. Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere will see the meteor shower easily but observers in the Southern Hemisphere can see it as well.
“They’re not quite as good, but almost as good,” says NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. “The Leonids are an OK shower from the Southern Hemisphere.”
Cooke says that you can expect to see 10 to 15 meteors per hour, which travel 71 kilometers or 44 miles per second. However, Leonid is still considered a minor meteor shower until they burst or storm in 2033.
The best way to view the meteor shower is to go outside where there is very low light pollution. You do not need any special equipments because the meteors are visible to the naked eye.
However, experts advise finding a secluded area and turning off your phone. Additionally, you also have to be very patient, you have to be prepared to spend at least two hours watching the show.
In case the weather becomes unfavorable, you can still watch the Leonid meteor shower on a free online broadcast by the Slooh Community Observatory.