The weather will also affect visibility. According to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennan, the United States should have clear skies most of the night, except for a few storms off the west coast.
The lower comet Temple-Tuttle, the parent system of Leonids, crosses Earth’s orbit and evaporates debris into the atmosphere. The comet takes 33 years to complete one orbit of the Sun.
The meteorite gets its name from the constellation Leo the Lion, as it comes from the stars that make up the lion’s mane. But you do not need to look in the direction of the galaxy because the meteor will appear across the sky.
Bright meteors can also be colorful, and they are fast, moving at speeds of up to 44 miles per second – in fast meteors. Fireballs and the “Erthraser” meteorite are a sign of Leonid rain. Fireballs are brighter and larger, and they last longer than average meteorites, while earth cruisers appear with long, colorful tails near the horizon.
Unfortunately, this year’s rain will not create a meteor storm, which you can see up to 1,000 meteors per hour. Although a similar event was previously associated with the Leonid meteor shower, the last storm occurred in 2001.
The best time to watch meteor showers anywhere in the world is from two in the morning until midnight. Light pollution from cities can block the view, so go outside to a quiet place with low lighting.