If you’ve always dreamed of seeing a shooting star, you’ll be happy to hear that tonight is your opportunity. The Leonid Meteor Shower will peak in the early hours of Sunday morning. During the peak, there’s expected to be up to 20 meteors/hour, meaning your chance of seeing one is fairly good.
Here are our top tips for seeing a shooting star from the UK tonight.
Where to see the Leonid Meteor Shower
For your best chance of seeing a meteor shower, head to the countryside, away from city lights. Helpfully, EarthSky has put together a list of the best places to watch the Leonid Meteor Shower here. As the name suggests, the Leonid Meteor Shower, appears to originate from the constellation Leo the Lion.
However, for your best chance of spotting one, don’t look directly at Leo, and instead look at areas of the sky around it - they’ll be brightest here.
When is the Leonid Meteor Shower?
The Leonid Meteor shower will peak in the early hours tomorrow morning.
For your best chance of seeing a shooting star, look to the skies anytime from midnight.
How many meteors will you see?
The number you’ll see will depend on when you watch and the clarity in your area. It’s important to note that the Leonids are a fairly modest shower, with around 10-15 meteors/hour.
What are meteors?
Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids.
When comets come around the sun, the dust they emit gradually spreads into a dusty trail around their orbits. Every year the Earth passes through these debris trails, which allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colourful streaks in the sky.
Tips for seeing a meteor
NASA has some helpful tips for seeing a meteor. On its website, it said:
“The Leonids are best viewed starting at about midnight local time. Find an area well away from city or street lights.