Stargazers have chance to see Leonid meteor shower this Friday


Stargazers have chance to see Leonid meteor shower this Friday

The absence of lunar glare will boost the brightness of this year's mid-November display, said astronomer Michael Allen of Washington State University's department of physics and astronomy.

Skygazers are up for a treat later this week as the annual Leonid meteor shower will kick in on November 17, giving away some of the best views of the so-called "shooting stars".

Subsequently, when Earth crosses that path during the same period, most of these pieces burn up in atmosphere offering a stunning show of shooting stars. It is possible to see the Lenoid showers with the naked eye, so you won't need any special equipment.

The best time to see the meteors is between midnight and dawn on either of those two nights. Of course, its advisable to head out of the city in order to see it, as lights will obstruct views.

"This year, however, visibility will be excellent because the new moon will take place on November 18, providing a flawless view of the meteors, which will not be washed out by any lunar light", the space website wrote.

The greatest number of meteors will fall this weekend with an optimal rate of 20 an hour, according to Allen.

Because meteors become visible when they reach about 30 degrees from their radiant point, the Leonid celestial shower will appear sky-wide instead of from the direction of Leo, said Allen. The last reported meteor storm from this shower was in 2001 Friday morning will be the best day to see the Leonids here in North Carolina due to clear skies.