Is there a massive meteor storm on the horizon?

Christopher Davidson
November 14, 2018

Always occurring in mid-November, according to NASA an average of about 15 meteors per hour streak across the night sky during the shower's yearly peak.

The Leonids come annually in November when Earth's orbit crosses the orbit of the Tempel-Tuttle comet, which orbits the sun every 33.3 years, leaving a dusty trail that later can be seen from Earth in the form of meteors.

The cascade will be competing with a waxing gibbous moon so the best time to watch is after the moon has set but before dawn. Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow plenty of time for your eyes to dark-adapt. They should also check the weather - clouds can ruin the view and being cold can ruin the experience.

The Leonid meteors find their origins in the constellation that's called Leo, but when It comes to meteor-watching, it really depends on how you look up into the sky - this is the best way to spot the meteors that have longer tails. The Leonid meteor shower is one of the most well-known meteor showers to peak in the fall, and it can be seen from anywhere. The Earth then passes through the cloud of space dust every November.

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The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak on the night of November 17 into the early hours of the next morning. There will be a chance to watch the meteors even earlier around midnight, although the bright moon may wash them out at that time.

Around 3 hours before sunrise at the viewer's location, the Leonid meteor shower should be visible from any populated area on Earth with clear dark skies.

Generally, the meteor shower observation does not need astronomical telescopes, so Qatar residents and all countries of all Northern Hemisphere residents can see Taurid meteor showers with naked eye from places without light and environment pollution (pure sky).

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