Leonid meteor shower peaks early Wednesday morning

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:23 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Leonid meteor shower peaks early Wednesday morning. The best time for viewing is from midnight to dawn, which is around 6 a.m. this time of year. Look to the east about two hours after midnight to you will see Jupiter just below the constellation Leo. Many meteors will appear to radiate from that constellation, hence the name Leonid meteor shower.

Leonid meteors occur when the Earth passes through a debris field left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Click here to watch LIVE coverage of the meteor shower at Slooh.com starting at 6 p.m. tonight.

The forecast this year is for 10 to 15 meteors per hour. However, in the past years, this meteor shower produced thousands of shooting stars. According to EarthSky.org "observers in the Southwest United States reported seeing 40 to 50 meteors per second (that's 2,400 to 3,000 meteors per minute!) during a span of 15 minutes on the morning of November 17, 1966."

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