Starry, starry night
LOOK to the skies on Friday night (November 17 and early in the morning of November 18) and you may find yourself running out of wishes. The Leonid meteor shower can been seen every November, when the earth passes through debris from the Sun-orbiting Tempel-tuttle comet, bits of which burst into fireballs as they enter our atmosphere, creating what we call, glimpsed from so far below, shooting stars. The Leonid meteors travel at 44 miles per second. Last year, visibility was poor, but this year should be excellent because of the new (not too bright) Moon on November 18.
If you miss this one, there’ll be more astronomical magic before Christmas. The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak at about 2am on December 14. In previous years, skywatchers of the Ursid, on December 23 this year, have spotted up to 50 shooting stars an hour.