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Look to the skies for the Leonid meteor shower

The annual display has been occurring since early November, but will peak the night of Friday, Nov. 17 through the morning of Saturday, Nov. 18.

A fish eye photo of shooting stars across the night sky

The Leonids originate from a point in the Leo constellation’s mane.

Photo by Juraj Tóth

Alright, who made the wish upon a shooting star for a cloudless night in November? Because it really worked.

And it couldn’t have come at a more fortuitous time. With just a few passing puffs in the sky, meteorologists are predicting favorable viewing conditions for at least half the peak of the Leonid meteor shower, which starts Friday, Nov. 17.

Experts recommend catching the show in the late evening, away from light pollution and after the waxing crescent moon sets. Fun fact: During the meteor storm of 1833, the Earth crossed paths with the parent comet’s dust trail causing approx. 50,000 to 150,000 meteors to fall each hour.

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