Clear skies forecasted in Portland for Leonid meteor shower

The annual display has been occurring since early November, but will peak the night of Thursday, Nov. 17 through the morning of Saturday, Nov. 19

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. Thanks to strong easterly winds, meteorologists are predicting favorable viewing conditions for the peak of the Leonid meteor shower, which happens tonight (Thursday, Nov. 17).

Experts recommend catching the show in the late evening hours, away from light pollution and before the waning moon rises. There’s also a chance that in the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 19, the Earth could cross paths with the parent comet’s dust trail, which caused the meteor storm of 1833 when approx. 50,000 to 150,000 meteors fell each hour.

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