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Peak Viewing of the Leonid Meteor Shower

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Tonight leading into tomorrow (Nov. 17-18) will be the best opportunity for Maine sky watchers to spot the Leonid Meteor Shower, one of the most prolific meteor showers.


…the best way to see the Leonids is to look for the shower’s radiant point located in the constellation of Leo. Be sure to move your gaze to nearby constellations as meteors further from the radiant tend to have longer trains (glowing trails of debris) and are easier to spot.

In good viewing conditions such as a dark sky with no light from the moon, skywatchers could expect to see between 10 to 15 meteors per hour, but obviously, real-world conditions mean the actual number spotted is less than this.

From NASA:

The Leonids are best viewed starting at about midnight local time. Find an area well away from the city or street lights. Come prepared for winter temperatures with a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair. Orient yourself with your feet toward the east, lie flat on your back, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient – the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

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