If you are into meteor showers, you will soon be in for a treat. Because come midnight, the Leonid meteor shower for November 2015 will be lighting up the sky, as it usually does this time of year.
According to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, the Leonids are actually active between November 5 and November 30. However, its peak activity occurs between November 17 and 18. During this time, the Leonids have a peak activity meteor count of 15 meteors per hour. Moreover, the Leonid meteor shower is reportedly a modest one with the peak taking place in the dark hours just before dawn. Hence, the waning crescent moon should make the skies just dark enough to give everyone a pretty good meteor show.
If you want to have a good time watching a meteor shower, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory says you get better view when you are as far away as possible from urban light pollution. This way, you have an unclouded view of the sky at night. That is why it is recommended to coincide your camping trip with the coming of a meteor shower if you are really interested to see it. Once you have your viewing point set up, go ahead and look for the darkest patch of sky to get the best view of the meteors.
Since you are waiting for meteors to appear in the sky on a November evening, it is a good idea to make you are covered up well so that you don’t end up freezing in cold overnight temperatures. Put on gloves or mittens if you must. You might also want to get a blanket too. Make sure you get comfortable, whether that means being able to lie down or sit somewhere. It is recommended to use a reclining chair or ground pad so you can comfortably keep watch of the sky.
In case you are thinking about using telescope or binoculars, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory says just put them away. These gadgets actually reduces the amount of sky you are able to see at any given time. After all, the key to spotting meteors is to be able to look anywhere in the dark sky at anytime. Keep your eyes glued to just one spot and you might actually miss it. Also, something else that might mess with your meteor viewing night would be your cell phone or any other light source.
Enjoy the Leonid meteor shower November 2015 tonight. But in case you miss it, you can catch the Geminids around December 13 to 14. This will be the last meteor spectacle for the year.