The Leonid Meteor Shower Is Coming to MoCo 

by Amy Lusignan

The Leonid Meteor Shower is coming to MoCo.

The annual Leonid meteor shower is coming to Montgomery County this November. The showers typically last throughout the whole month, but the best night to look for the Leonids will be during the shower’s peak on November 16-17.

NASA recommends viewers to travel to a remote area, preferably without any city lights. Stargazers should be facing east while trying to take in as much night sky as possible. The shower starts at midnight and will last until dawn, so don’t worry if you don’t see any meteors right away.

The best weather for a meteor shower is a clear sky. Clouds can completely ruin an opportunity for a beautiful show. Fortunately for Montgomery County, the night sky is predicted to be mostly clear and partly clear for November 16 and 17 respectively.

The Leonid meteors come in bursts about every 33 years when Earth enters a debris trail from the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. However, when Earth enters a massive dust cloud from the comet a Leonid meteor storm can occur. Sadly, Astronomy enthusiasts will have to wait until 2099 to witness the next storm.

According to American Meteor Society and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, this year’s Leonid shower will have about 15 to 20 meteors at its peak. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to catch a glimpse of this spectacular phenomenon.

Photo courtesy of NASA.


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