November’s annual Leonids meteor shower peaks overnight

By on November 17, 2018

NASA satellite image Leonids meteor shower

The annual Leonids meteor shower peaks overnight, with as many as 15 meteors visible per hour.

According to NASA, the Leonids’ meteors are bright and can also be colorful. They’re fast, too. Leonids travel at speeds of 44 miles per second, and are considered to be some of the fastest meteors out there.

Leonids are also known for their fireballs and earthgrazer meteors, says NASA.

“Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of cometary material,” NASA wrote on its website. “Earthgrazers are meteors that streak close to the horizon and are known for their long and colorful tails.”

NASA says the Leonids shower is best viewed starting at midnight, away from city and street lights.

“Orient yourself with your feet towards east, lie flat on your back, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible,” NASA wrote. “In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.”

The show will last until dawn.

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