Leonid meteor shower 2017

Leonid meteor shower 2017

Leonid meteor shower 2017 is annually active in the month of November and will peak during the night of November 17 and the early morning of November 18. The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one full orbit around the Sun. Leonids gets its name because the point in the sky where the meteors appear from are toward the constellation Leo. The Leonids can be seen by viewers from both hemispheres, and you should see about 20 meteors an hour its peak of activity. The best time to view the Leonids is after dark and OC Astronomy suggests lying down on the ground looking at the sky between the East and the point right above you to view this celestial event.

The table below shows the exact direction of the Leonids from your Orange County.

Leonids meteor shower for Orange County (Night between November 17 and November 18)
Time Azimuth/Direction Altitude
Mon 12:00 midnight 68°East-northeast 9.9°
Mon 1:00 am 75°East-northeast 21.7°
Mon 2:00 am 82°East 33.9°
Mon 3:00 am 90°East 46.4°
Mon 4:00 am 100°East 58.8°
Mon 5:00 am 116°East-southeast 70.7°

Direction to see the Leonids in the sky:

  • Azimuth is the direction, based on true north; a compass might show a slightly different value.
  • Altitude is height in degrees over horizon.

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