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Early Risers Could See Annual Leonid Meteor Shower Peaking This Week

Nov 17, 2020

Leonid Meteor Shower on Thursday, November 12 at 2:41 AM from Lake Hudson Dark Sky Preserve (near Adrian).
Credit Brian Ottum

To distract us from everything going on in our worlds, there is another meteor shower that will be visible in the early morning sky peaking this week.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what we might see and when and were to look for the "Leonid" meteors.

Fall is the time for viewing meteors, and the Leonid meteor showers peak this week and will be viewable in our area.  

The best viewing time for the annual meteor shower is between 2am until around 6:30 in the morning, according to Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum

He suggests getting up early versus staying up late as the best way to try and see them.

He says the best way to see the meteors is to just look up, perhaps to the south, but says they should be visible throughout the early morning sky.  No binoculars or special equipment needed.

Dr. Ottum adds the current moon phase combined with forecasted clear skies increases our chances of seeing them.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu