How to see the Leonid Meteor Shower in MI this weekend

How to see the Leonid Meteor Shower in MI this weekend

The Leonid meteor peaks Saturday night under a mostly clear sky, but don't count on seeing a plethora of streaks across the sky.

If you live in Utah, your best bet to see the meteors is Sunday as the setting sun and glare of the moon might obstruct your view on Saturday.

One account from the 1966 Leonid storm described seeing "dozens of meteors every second. the effect was similar to watching snowflakes race at your windshield while driving in a snowstorm".

The diminutive Comet Tempel-Tuttle will cross Earth's orbit, creating a vaporizing shower of debris in the atmosphere.

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Leonid meteors appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo the Lion (hence the shower's name). This comet returns to the inner solar system every 33 years. For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky. This is not a particularly active year but still, there could be around 15 meteors an hour and the peak is the 17th and 18th November. Be sure to check online to see when it will be visible in your part of the country. Fireballs are brighter and larger and can last longer than the average meteor, while earthgrazers appear close to the horizon with long, colorful tails.

Typically betters shows can produce hundreds of thousands of meteors per hour.

As is the case with most astrological events, catching a meteor shower is a waiting game. If you want to photograph the Leonid meteor shower, NASA suggests using a camera with manual focus on a tripod with a shutter release cable or built-in timer, fitted with a wide-angle lens.

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