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Look up: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Look up: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend
Posted at 1:04 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 15:04:53-05

DENVER – Skywatchers, take note: The Leonid meteor shower will peak this week.

The annual meteor shower will reach its peak at night on Friday, Nov. 17 and early the next morning, according to Space.com.

The Leonids get their name from the constellation Leo, which is where the shooting stars often appear to come from. You should be able to see them throughout the night sky, however.

According to EarthSky, the Leonid meteor shower typically produces 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

Conditions should be good for viewing the meteor shower, assuming you can find a good, dark spot without any cloud cover – this year’s Leonids coincide with the new moon, so you won’t have to worry about the lunar glow blocking out any shooting stars.

If you can’t make it out Friday night or Saturday morning, don’t worry. Though the meteor shower peaks during that time frame, meteors should be visible for a few days before and after the peak, just not as frequently.