Title: Annual Leonid Meteor Shower to Illuminate the Skies this Weekend
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(Insider Wales Sport) – Get ready for a dazzling spectacle in the night sky as the annual Leonid meteor shower is set to peak early Saturday, offering astronomy enthusiasts and sky gazers in Wales and beyond a chance to witness bright and potentially colorful shooting stars. While not the most active meteor shower of the year, the Leonids can still produce around 15 shooting stars per hour under clear conditions.
Timing for this celestial show is opportune, as the crescent moon sets in the evening this weekend, providing dark skies that are not washed out by bright moonlight. According to NASA, the best time to catch the meteors is around midnight. To optimize your viewing experience, it is recommended to choose a spot away from streetlights or other sources of light pollution.
The meteors will appear to stream in all directions from the constellation Leo, hence their name. What’s more, this shower is visible in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, ensuring that skywatchers from around the world can partake in this extraordinary event.
From November 3rd to December 2nd, the Leonid meteor shower graces the night skies, however, the peak of activity is forecasted for early Saturday. If you’re lucky enough to witness a shooting star, it will likely be bright and possibly even colorful, hurtling across the heavens at an astonishing speed of around 44 miles per second.
The Leonids occur annually as our planet passes through the debris left by Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. Fascinatingly, every 33 years or so, these meteors can intensify into a meteor storm, producing hundreds to thousands of meteors per hour. The last such storm occurred in 2002, with the previous one taking place in 1966.
So, mark your calendars and set your alarms, as the Leonid meteor shower promises to be a sight worth staying up for. Don’t miss this spectacle of shooting stars painting the night sky with their vivid streaks. Remember to dress warmly, head outside at midnight, and witness the magic of nature’s celestial fireworks.
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