The Leonid Meteor Shower 2021 the most important of November, it reaches its peak of activity this week. It will be an attractive astronomical event ideal as a prelude to the expected longest lunar eclipse of the century that will take place on the 19th of this month.
The Leonid meteors they are visible because at this time of year the Earth passes through the debris left by Comet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle.
From November 6 to 30, these pieces of dust collide with our planet’s atmosphere and vaporize, creating flashes that cross the sky, also called shooting stars.
By this year, the Leonids are expected to reach their Peak period on Wednesday, November 17. The normal thing would be to wait for the night, but the brightness of the almost full moon will make it difficult to observe the meteors for several hours.
This time, the ideal will be to be attentive in the early mornings of November 17 and 18 from an hour before dawn, when the Moon sets below the horizon and the sky becomes darker.
The Leonid meteor shower is one of the astronomical phenomena that can be seen in both the southern and northern hemispheres, although the latter usually has more hours of observation available.
The most advisable thing is to locate in a place away from the lights of the city, ideally in a rural area, the field or a mountain. Of course, the sky must be mostly clear. In optimal conditions, you will be able to appreciate between 10 and 15 meteors per hour.
As their name implies, these meteors appear to arise from the constellation Leo, which at this time appears between the east and northeast of the sky. However, it is not advisable to look only at that sector, since shooting stars travel with great speed.
It is better to lie on your back to have the whole sky in our field of vision.