Want to wish upon a shooting star? On Monday, Nov. 17 you can peek up at the sky to check out the 2014 Leonid Meteor Shower that will fill the sky with a sprinkling of meteors. It may be possible to start seeing some activity as early as 7 p.m., but the best viewing will occur after midnight. And since the moon will be a waning crescent, the sky should be dark enough for a good viewing.
“We’re predicting 10 to 15 meteors per hour,” Dr. Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. “For best viewing, wait until after midnight on Nov. 18, with the peak of the shower occurring just before sunrise.”
“The Leonids are considered one of the more prolific meteor showers in our night skies every year,” according to a Slooh.com press release. “They are associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle, and have been known to produce at meteor storms with rates of nearly 1,000 meteors an hour.”
If you’re not eager to go outside after midnight to watch the show in person, Slooh Space Camera will live-stream the shower starting at 7 p.m. Central Time.
For more info, visit the Weather Channel website.