Title: Leonid Meteor Shower
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Date / Time: Peaks Nov 18, 2019 before sunrise
Comments: Novemberís wonderful Leonid meteor shower is active from about November 6 to 30 each year. The peak is expected in 2019 on the night of November 17 (morning of November 18). The shower happens as our world crosses the orbital path of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. Like many comets, Tempel-Tuttle litters its orbit with bits of debris. Itís when this cometary debris enters Earthís atmosphere and vaporizes that we see the Leonid meteor shower. In 2019, a waning gibbous moon will light up the sky during the showerís peak. In a dark sky, absent of moonlight, you can see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour at the peak. In 2019ís moonlit sky? We canít predict, but some of the brighter meteors should be visible in moonlight.

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