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Eyes to the sky: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Posted: 1:40 PM, Nov 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-14 19:43:01Z
Eyes to the sky: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

It’s time for the annual Leonid meteor shower, which gets its name because meteors often appear to originate from the constellation Leo.

It peaks on the night of Saturday, Nov. 17 and early the next morning.

Meteors may be visible throughout the month of November, but the peak should produce rates of 10 to 15 meteors per hour, according to Space.com .

The best chance for seeing meteors is to find somewhere dark, away from city lights. The waxing gibbous moon also will pose a challenge this year, as its brightness will drown out some of the dimmer meteors.

Despite the meteor shower’s name, meteors should be visible across the night sky in all directions.