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Watch the shooting stars just before dawn on Saturday morning

Watch the shooting stars just before dawn on Saturday morning

The annual Leonid meteor shower will take place this weekend.

These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Friday night November 17 when earth moves through the centre of the dust trail left behind by the comet.

Stretched the peak of the meteor stream will be around on the day.

This year, the best nights to see are November 17 and 18.

Viewing conditions are expected to be good (weather permitting) as there's no moon to intrude (the new moon is on the 18th).

Meteor showers are strictly for night owls or early risers.




Astronomers say there's no need for special equipment to see this meteor shower-just lie down on the ground and look directly up at the sky, between the East and the point above you.

These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent comet's orbit concentrated close to the comet nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus.

'They're not quite as good, but nearly as good, ' said Nasa meteor expert Bill Cooke.

Where does the Leonid Meteor Shower come from?

Every 33 years, the Leonid meteor shower arrives as a storm of meteors, writes Space.com, with more than 1,000 shooting stars an hour.

Leonids are made up of bits of debris from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle. However, Northern Hemisphere observers will have more favorable viewing because the radiant's location in the constellation Leo.


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