Leonid meteor shower 2018: When, where and how to watch

No individual meteor might appear in a single sighting. The Leonids are the “shooting stars” of the summer because they cause brief flashes of light, although, in many cases, only a single meteor can be seen. These flashes will vary in brightness according to a meteor’s orbit, with the brightness being fairly consistent.

The strength of the shower depends largely on how close to Earth the meteors come. We experience this height in the sky, specifically when the meteors radiate from the constellation Leo (The Lion).

Technically known as Eta Aquarids or Leoids, this shower occurs in the late summer months. The shower is produced by debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle as it orbits the sun, from about 2126 to 2126 AD.

The origin of the shower lies in the constellation Leo. The meteors may be bright, short and slender or a short line of light, but depending on where they are viewed from will increase the number of meteors in the sky at the same time.

This shower occurs in the late summer and last for at least a month, just before the start of autumn. As usual, observers in northernmost hemisphere see the most meteors but this time of year is not a time for meteor watching.

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