Leonid meteor shower active this week

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Mid-Month

The Taurid meteor shower produced several fireballs over the past week or two, and now, the Leonid meteor shower will be peaking! Monday night into early Tuesday morning will be the peak of this shower but it will remain active all week.

The Leonids is named from the constellation the meteors radiate from which is Leo the Lion.

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A meteor storm isn’t forecasted this year, so about 10-15 meteors per hour can be expected.

What is great about 2020 is the Leonids won’t have to battle the moonlight.

The moon will be a very thin sliver so skies will remain dark at night. The best time to try and view this shower is between midnight and dawn. Find a dark spot away from city lights and look up. Locally, there will be scattered clouds around Monday night but remember Tuesday night the shower is still active and skies will be clear.

If you don’t see any meteors, you have a great chance to at least see Venus and Mercury in the eastern sky before sunrise all week.