What to expect from tonight’s Leonid Meteor Shower

If you’re expecting a spectacular vision in the sky tonight from the 2020 Leonid Meteor show, you are likely to be disappointed. We can expect “Slim Pickings” this year, according to Joe Rao at Space.com. He said that although the most famous annual meteor showers, the Leonids, crests between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. overnight tonight Nov. 16/17, the shower is expected to be weak with some long stretches when not even a single one will be seen.

Leonid Meteor Shower Navicore, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

However, he does note that there are others who are a little more optimistic. Canadian meteor forecasters Margaret Campbell-Brown and Peter Brown noted in the 2020 “Observer’s Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada,” suggest there could be up to 20 per hour with the height being at 7 a.m. EST on Nov., just before sunrise in most of North America.

The International Meteor Organization is predicting between 10 to 20 per hour, with a peak at around 6 a.m. EST on. Nov. 17. The moon is just past new so it shouldn’t interfere with your view. For more information on this celestial phenomenon, click on this link from Space.com

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