Tips for viewing a meteor shower

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 7:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 8:20 PM

Here's what you need to know before you head outside.

Meteor showers are great events to enjoy at any age. When the sky cooperates, the bright show can keep you entertained for hours.

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Viewing a meteor shower when the skies are clear and dark will set you up for success. Little or no moonlight means the meteors will be easier to see. Head outside after midnight and before dawn. You'll want to find a dark spot away from city lights and let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

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Make sure you are prepared for the forecast and dress warmly if you need to. You want to grab a sleeping bag or lawn chair and dedicate at least 30 minutes to looking across the night sky. You won't need a telescope or binoculars because they will limit how much sky is visible to you. The wider the view, the better. Remember to stay patient and enjoy! 

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Leonid Meteor Shower peaks heading into weekend

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 8:51 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 6:49 AM

Leonid meteor shower will be peaking the before dawn November 17th and 18th! Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about when and where to look.

The Leonid Meteor Shower will peak this weekend.

>> What you should know before viewing a meteor shower

 The Leonid meteor shower is named on its radiant point, the constellation Leo the Lion, which will become more active before dawn Nov. 17 and 18.

The shower will peak heading into the start of the weekend. After midnight Thursday, Leo will rise in the night sky, bringing  an expected 10-15 meteors per hour.

The best time to see meteors is a few hours before dawn Friday. Unfortunately, our next storm system will likely get in the way of viewing meteors Saturday. 

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The moon sets the next couple of days early in the evening so that means the sky will stay dark overnight making the meteors easier to spot. Find an open spot without city lights to view this shower. 

Jupiter, Mars and Venus visible this morning

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 6:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 2:16 AM

A great line up of planets Thursday.

Mars, Venus and Jupiter will be close together in the early morning sky this morning.

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Mars will be the highest in the eastern sky with Venus above Jupiter, and both planets close to the eastern horizon. The waning crescent moon will be your guide. 

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about where and when to look for these visible planets.

The moon will be above Mars with Jupiter and Venus right along the horizon on Tuesday.

Thursday, the moon will be between Mars (above) and Venus/Jupiter. 

Head outside about an hour before sunrise which is around 7:15 a.m. and look to the east.

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Rain, storms return this weekend

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 7:21 PM

A strong cold front will bring gusty winds and the potential for storms to the Miami Valley Saturday night. The remnants of Tropical Storm Nate are expected to move into the region late Sunday bringing with it more widespread rain.

The rain has moved out for tonight, but will return as we head into the weekend, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

A strong cold front is expected to enter the area Saturday evening, which will bring with it numerous showers and storms.  Gusty winds will develop ahead of the front.

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Showers and storms will move into the area Saturday between 6 p.m. and midnight. A few storms could produce strong winds and locally heavy rainfall. The rain should exit the Miami Valley by early Sunday morning. 

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By late Sunday, the remnants of what is now Tropical Storm Nate will approach from the south. Rain is expected to redevelop across the Miami Valley near or shortly after dark Sunday and continue into Sunday night.

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While the exact track of Nate is still in question, some parts of the Miami Valley could pick up more heavy rainfall Sunday night into Monday. Right now, the area most likely to get the heaviest rain looks be be along and southeast of the Interstate 71 corridor. 

Those with outdoor plans this weekend should monitor the latest weather forecasts for changing weather conditions and make sure you have the  WHIO Weather App.

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:20 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at how cool we get and how active the meteor shower will be this weekend.

After finding Venus and Mars early in the week, another special treat awaits you in the early morning sky this weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will put on a good show Friday night into Saturday morning, and Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Debris from Haley's comet will hit Earth's atmosphere. The Orionid shower gets its name because the meteors look like they are coming  from the constellation Orion. This year, 10 to 30 meteors per hour are possible. 

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This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower!

Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s overnight Saturday into Sunday. The moon will set around 8:14 p.m. so skies will remain dark. Some high clouds will be out there Saturday night, but overall it will still be a good night to view.

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Get outside and grab a blanket, find a dark spot with a good view of the sky and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. If you capture any photos share them using the hashtag #SkyWitness7!