Sky watchers could be dazzled by 15 meteors an hour when the celestial phenomenon reaches its peak this week.
The Leonid meteor shower — known for its speed and bright balls — is usually active from early November to early December.
So, when is the best time to watch the shower in 2022?
This year, experts predict that the peak will be on Friday, November 18. If you want to watch, NASA recommends starting around midnight and taking your time.
Here are some tips:
- Find a good location away from cities and street lights
- Bundle up if it gets cold overnight
- Lie on your back facing east
“In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors,” the space agency writes. “Be patient – the show will last until dawn, so you’ll have plenty of time to take a look.”
Those who want see a meteor shower lucky this year. The moon is expected to be in its waning crescent phase, so it shouldn’t block the view too much, according to Space.com.
The Leonids can travel as fast as 44 miles per second and are associated with earth-seeking meteors that “fly close to the horizon.” They can too produce bright ballssometimes called shooting starsaccording to Space.com and NASA.
“Fireballs are larger bursts of light and color that can last longer than a normal meteor shower,” NASA writes. “This is due to the fact that bolides originate from larger particles of cometary material.”