Leonid Meteor Shower 2017: Leonid Meteor Shower 2017 dates, peak times: How to watch, view online, Tv channel, and more.
Have a look up during the next few nights and try to catch the Leonid meteor shower. It is peaking during the early morning on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. These storms only happen rarely; viewers this year will still be treated to an hourly rate of 10 to 20 meteors, according to Sky and Telescope, on the peak date of Friday, Nov. 17. Our columnist Joe Rao tells you what to expect. The best time to look for will be before dawn Friday at 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT), according to Jane Houston Jones of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The good news is that the Leonid meteor shower peaks this Friday and Saturday night, and the moon should be dull enough to let the shooting stars shine. The bad news is that, as the number of meteors visible varies from year to year, the 2017 shower won’t be especially heavy or spectacular.
Of course, these things are cyclical. In 1966, the shower was so dense that observers described the meteors as falling like rain. Such brilliance may have inspired novelist Cormac McCarthy to use the Leonid meteor shower in the opening and closing scenes of his novel Blood Meridian.
The Leonid Meteor Shower is a show in itself and everyone is encouraged to see and marvel in it. The latter part of the fall season is the best time to watch the major meteor shower.