If you find yourself with nothing to do in the middle of the night, go outside and stare at the sky to check out the Leonid meteor shower 2010. The Leonid meteor shower is an annual event that is peaking tonight and tomorrow. You’ll have the chance to see about 15 to 20 trippy meteors dart across the sky every hour and apparently it’s a sight to see!
The best way to catch a glimpse of the meteors is to get away from bright city lights. Set up shop on your deck or at a local park where you have a clear and wide view of the sky and just wait. Experts claim the best time to see the Leonid meteor shower 2010 is a few hours before sunrise, but unless you’re a night owl, it’s probably not feasible for most. Joe Rao, Space.com skywatching columnist, explains:
From the time of moonset until around 5:15 a.m. when the first streaks of dawn begin to appear in the east, the sky will be dark and moonless. That interval will provide you with your best opportunity to see any Leonid meteors.
So what is the Leonid meteor shower exactly? MSNBC explains, “The shower is caused by material left behind the comet Tempel-Tuttle when it passes near Earth’s orbit during its regular trip through the solar system. When the Earth passes through these knots of comet material, the gas and dust flares up in the atmosphere, creating spectacular meteors.” Cool!
Will you be watching?