Leonids Meteor Shower | 2017
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The Leonids is an average shower, producing an average of up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.
Fortunately, in 2017, there is no moon to light up the peak night of the Leonid shower. In 2017, the Leonids are expected to fall most abundantly before dawn November 17 or 18, with no moon to ruin the show.
As with most meteor showers, the best time to watch the Leonids is usually between the hours of midnight and dawn. The expected peak morning is Friday, November 17 or Saturday, November 18 – that’s the mornings (not the evenings) of November 17 and 18.
2017 Leonids Meteor Shower
Peak: November 17, 2017 | Very Early Morning
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The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The shower runs annually from November 6-30.
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