The Leonid meteor shower is set to put on a display that is out of this world next week, with one meteor streaking across the sky every five minutes during its peak. The event peaks overnight on November 16 through November 17 and has been known to carry some of the most intense meteor storms – some events have seen 50,000 meteors per hour. Although the shower is annual, this year’s will be more visible than last due to the crescent moon only being five percent illuminated. NASA says the best time for skygazers to feast their eyes on the cosmic display is around 3am ET in both the northern and southern hemispheres. The Leonid meteor shower is set to put on a display that is out of this world next week, with one meteor streaking across the sky every five minutes during its peak. Pictured is the event appearing over Joshua Tree National Park in 1998 ‘The Leonids, which peak during mid-November each year, are considered to be a major shower though meteor rates are often as low as about 15 meteors per hour, NASA shared in a statement. ‘The Leonids are bright meteors and can also be colorful.’ RELATED… Read full this story
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