Leonid Meteor ShowerNovember 16th, 2012 at 1:16 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The best time to see the Leonid Meteor Shower is from 1 AM to twilight early Saturday morning (there could be a second minor peak early Tuesday morning). You could see as many as 5-15 meteors per hour. The meteors associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. It takes the comet about 33 years to make one orbit around the sun. The sky should be clear to partly cloudy and the crescent moon sets in mid-evening. Temperatures will likely be in the mid 20s to low 30s early Saturday, so it will be cool. The Leonids radiate from the constellation Leo, the Lion, which this time of year rises around local midnight, and by 3:00 a.m. is high in the eastern sky. So you’d be best looking toward the east-northeast. Here’s a cool picture of the Leonids taken from space.
Also check out This Week’s Sky at a Glance, some great pictures of the solar eclipse Thursday in Queensland, Australia, a schedule of flyovers of the International Space Station and some pretty cool waterspout video from Japan.