Remember when the Perseids were summer’s attraction around two months ago? Now we have a new attraction on the sky: the Leonid meteor shower. And if this is not a good enough reason to get excited, you should know that this sky wonder is going to peak in between Tuesday and Wednesday this year. If you think you have what it takes to see them, given that it has already started being cold here and there, grab a few sweaters and try to see them tonight. You won’t regret it.
The Leonids are famous for throwing some of the best sky shows humanity has ever seen. The reason they are called this way is because they seem to be coming from the constellation known as Leo. The bad news is that the Leonids do not have an exact pattern that you can track. You can simply look up and see one, then turn your head right, look in another direction and one can pop there too. So your best bet is to simply go outside and watch the sky.
The obvious piece of advice that we suggest is that you go in some place that is not very lit up, maybe far away from the city or in your secret place in which you like to take your loved one out. City lights make it harder to see any object on the sky, so you’d best find a spot that comforts the eye. Don’t get too worried about not seeing anything at first, our eyes are used to seeing more light that needed, so they will need to adjust to the dark night. You will see the show soon enough.
The great news is that if you are in an area from which it is difficult to see them, the online has your back. The event is viewable online thanks to the Slooh Community Observatory and you will be able to see live footage originating from different continents and countries. If you want to see the Leonids, you can do so via slooh or Space.com.
Get ready to see the new attraction on the sky: the Leonids. Shooting at approximately 162,000 miles per hour, they are the fastest meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere, a truly fascinating view. Whether you want to amaze your eyes or want to impress a friend, seeing these meteors is truly worth a shot.
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