Leonids can be traced to Comet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle, and they have made real shows over the centuries in the form of intense meteor storms that produce hundreds of visible meteors per hour.
The American Meteor Society says it is unlikely to see such a storm in its lifetime (the most recent was in 2001), although in 2030 a small storm may be observed. This year, the Leonids really offer the opportunity to see up to 15 meteors per hour. The shower peaked on Tuesday, November 17, but remains active until Monday, November 30, so you can still see a handful per hour with a little luck. Leonids are usually quite bright, with some constant trains.
To catch a Leonid, the best strategy is to go out in the early morning / early evening as close as possible to the respective tops of the showers. Get rid of light pollution if you can, dress appropriately and find a comfortable place to relax with a clear, wide view of the sky.
Pictures of the meteor shower from Perseid 2020 shine brightly in a dark year
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Then relax, let your eyes adjust and just watch. You don’t need to focus on a specific area of the sky, but if you can see the constellation Leo, the Leonids appear to originate in that part of the sky and come out like spokes on a wheel. Also keep an open eye for a bright tauride fireball like.
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