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WHEN AND HOW TO WATCH NOVEM­BER’S ME­TEOR SHOWER

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The Leonid me­teor shower is an an­nual as­tro­nom­i­cal event which graces our skies ev­ery Novem­ber.

For the whole of Novem­ber you will be able to catch a glimpse of me­te­ors as they en­ter out at­mos­phere, but the shower usu­ally peaks around Novem­ber 17 to 18 each year.

Dur­ing the peak, stargaz­ers will be able to see up to 15 me­te­ors per hour.

Named for the con­stel­la­tion from which the me­te­ors emerge, the Leonids oc­cur when the Earth passes through the de­bris of left by Comet Tem­ple-tut­tle.

This comet com­pletes its or­bit around the sun ev­ery 33 years, but leaves plenty of de­bris for us to smash through in that time, cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful dis­plays in our night sky.

Granted, to make the most of the me­teor shower, you’ll have to be awake in the wee hours of the morn­ing (be­tween 1am and 5am) on Novem­ber 18, but this adds to the magic of it all.

Here are some tips on how to max­imise your view­ing plea­sure:

Find a se­cluded view­ing spot, away from all the neigh­bour­hood lights.

Me­teor watch­ing can be a wait­ing game, so dress ap­pro­pri­ately and bring some­thing for com­fort — a blan­ket or chair will do.

Your eyes will take about 15 to 20 min­utes to ad­just to the dark. Once they’ve done so, get comfy and look in the di­rec­tion of the ra­di­ant (this is the point in the sky where the me­te­ors seem to emerge from, in this case, the ra­di­ant will be in the con­stel­la­tion Leo).

There are plenty of apps and on­line in­ter­ac­tive sky maps to help you find the ra­di­ant and track the progress of the me­te­ors through­out the event.

Find an open pad­dock this Novem­ber, look up, and en­joy the show!

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