(WJZY) – The November sky will bring a bright spot by 2020 – in fact, we can see about 10 to 15 bright spots per hour Monday night through Tuesday as Leonid’s annual meteor shower peaks over the United States.
“The annual Leonids [meteor shower]”Caused by the harmless passage of the Earth through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tutl, reach peaks in the hours before dawn tomorrow,” the NASA solar system account wrote on Monday.
The event should be widely visible in most of the United States, starting around midnight, probably sending at least a dozen lightning bolts into the sky every hour.
The forecast calls for clear skies in much of the United States, with rainfall near the Canadian border.
While 15 visible showers per hour are very active, this year’s showers will be domesticated compared to those from 2001 and 2002, when thousands were visible, according to Space.com.
The office of the National Weather Service in Miami offers some viewing tips, suggesting that observers should take at least an hour to observe the sky. Your eyes will adjust in the first 20 to 30 minutes. Positioning away from city lights will also make the sky darker. NWS predicts that the most active period will be from 2 a.m. to dawn.
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