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The Leonid meteor bathe peaks beneath a darkish sky this weekend

A Leonid meteor — a fragment of Comet Tempel Tuttle — streaks across the night sky Look Up! The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend
Doris Mccormick | 13 December, 2018, 20:01

The best time to catch the Leonids will be early Saturday and Sunday morning, because the the streaming source of the meteors, dubbed the radiant, will be visible above the horizon for North American observers. But Saturday, about 3 a.m. ET, will have less moonlight obstructing the view of the meteors in the United States.

Leonid meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night.

The meteor shower occurs when meteoroids, small rocks, fall towards the Earth after breaking off from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Stargazers in Amman prepare to watch the Leonid meteor shower.

The Leonid has a sparkling history, with rates of almost 100,000 meteors per hour recorded in 1833. They're typically faster than other meteor showers, because they move 45 miles per second.

A meteor streaks across the night sky over Rio de Janeiro early

Catching a glimpse of a meteor shower is definitely something many people want to experience at least once in their lifetime.

"The name of the Leonids meteor stream, this was due to the fact that visually emerges from the constellation of Leo (the" leo" in Latin - Ed.). The sighting of the fireball, which some said also produced a yellowish-orange glare, was seen across all parts of Texas, from Houston and San Antonio to Dallas.

November can be pretty chilly, so bundle up if you're heading out to see the Leonids.

"Twenty meteors per hour are likely through the peak, which makes it more active than the recent Taurid meteor shower", said AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel. "Be patient - the show will last until dawn". Take a nap earlier in the day and head to your lawn or roof at your designated time to see these cool meteors light up the sky.

If you live in Utah, your best bet to see the meteors is Sunday as the setting sun and glare of the moon might obstruct your view on Saturday.

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