Friday, 17 November 2017

Leonid meteor shower

With clear, dark skies at the moment, it's a great time to look out for Leonid meteors. The peak of this shower will be tonight, the best time being after midnight (although I saw quite a few before dawn this morning)

Meteor showers are named for the part of the sky from which they appear to originate: this is called the radiant. The Leonids, not surprisingly, are most abundant around the constellation of Leo, which is easily recognised by its reverse question mark 'head'. Leo is just to the east of the fabulous winter constellation, Orion: find the Hunter and you'll find the Lion!


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