Leonid Meteor Shower November 2009

The Leonid meteor shower is on full display tonight after midnight EST, so be ready to see some amazing meteor action in the skies over North America!

While the Leonid meteor shower typically lasts from November 13 to 20, tonight is pegged as the peak of the annual  meteor shower, and skywatchers anticipate ideal viewing conditions with the clear forcast and the fact that it's a new moon.

Watchers can see the spectacle of debris and dust particles from Comet Tempel-Tuttle hitting our atmosphere at 20 to 30 meteors per hour as the particles collide with our atmosphere at about  238,000 kilometers an hour causing friction with the air and creating the incredible streaks of light we sometimes mistakenly call shooting stars.

For best meteor shower viewing, get yourself to a rural area with little light pollution is low between 1:30am and sunrise - no need for telescopes or binoculars - the Leonid meteors can be seen with the naked eye!

7 comments
Posted by David Jackson on November 17,2009 at 12:12 AM

I live up in northern Minnesota, there is little light pollution here and every year I have had an amazing view of the leonids showers! I decided to setup a couple cameras with live feeds to share my view with others. If you're interested you can check it out at my website here: http://tinyurl.com/watch-leonid-meteor-live

Posted by Aishia on November 16,2009 at 8:24 PM

So have you seen 2012? Interesting?!

Posted by sam on November 16,2009 at 7:02 PM

cool i wish i could stay up and watch it!

Posted by Lee Road on November 16,2009 at 6:54 PM

Since the space shuttle just went up today... couldn't it get blasted out of space by one of these meteors?!?

Posted by Justin on November 16,2009 at 12:02 PM

I totally cant w8 to see this ***!! imma take my GF to a good spot to watch :D

Posted by Kayla on November 16,2009 at 11:18 AM

This is something my boyfriend do as a romantic date!

Posted by franklin on November 16,2009 at 9:59 AM

thats ghoooooouuuuullllllllllll

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