Photo taken in Bellefeuille, Quebec, Canada. Some observers heard them too! Above: Photographer Dautel Nathalie caught this Perseid meteor (upper right) streaking through the Milky Way on August 12, 2001. All external sites will open in a new browser. [I have observed] Geminids with a nearly-full Moon several times. Norman W. McLeod III, Staff Advisor, American Meteor Society. on November 19, 2002 at approx. © Don't forget to look for Saturn! And now that we have a break in the clouds, we're seeing one every few seconds," said one Georgia State student shortly before dawn. No matter where you plan to be -- on a mountaintop, in an airplane or at home in the city -- don't miss the 2002 Leonids. But sometimes (like last year) Earth plows through a debris stream more or less head-on and a full-fledged meteor storm erupts. Earthsky advises hopeful stargazers to look up at the Betelgeuse star in the Orion constellation, and the radiant will be north of it. Astronomers predicted that viewers in Europe and North America might see several thousands of meteors per hour. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. One of the most celebrated meteor showers peaked early Tuesday, sending hundreds or thousands of fireballs streaking through the atmosphere each hour. Urban lights wipe out the rush of faint meteors that streak across darker skies. The following is true no matter where you live: The best time to look for meteors is when Perseus is highest in the sky--between 2 a.m. and dawn. Every hour, one or two meteors are streaking across the sky. That's when our planet has a close encounter with Comet Tempel-Tuttle's orbit -- a region of space littered with streams of comet dust. The camera was built by Collins Electro-Optics and combines a 50-mm f/0.95 lens with a Gen-III image. Our image of the day, Watch live: NASA talks OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling plan today. The Moon will be a nuisance this year, but not enough to ruin the show if the Leonids are as bright and numerous as they were in 2001. The limiting magnitude was 4.0 and I consistently saw 18 Geminids/hour. Receive news and offers from our other brands? Many observers plan to visit the American southwest to see the Leonids. According to Earthsky, the fast-moving Orionids usually put out the greatest number of meteors in the hours before dawn, and the expected peak morning is 21 October. The tiny fragments, often no bigger than sand grains, heat up and vaporize as they bounce across the upper atmosphere at speeds of about 160,000 mph (260,000 km/h). A couple of hours before dawn a patch of (low-lying) clouds covered the Moon. Photo taken f3.5 @ 30 sec, over Santee, California (20mm lens). During the Perseid meteor shower in 1984 [when the Moon was bright] I saw 9/hour for 3 straight hours. Photo taken in Lafayette, CA. There you can see the faint Milky Way and hundreds of Perseids ... and maybe no one will notice if you shuffle out in your pajamas to watch the stars. } else if ( host.indexOf("") != -1 ) {

Lousy weather. The annual Perseids often delights shooting star hunters during the more comfortable nights of late summer. For example, in the Netherlands arctic air circulation can bring clear skies and dry air. Next period of activity: December 4th, 2020 to December 17th, 2020 The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are … Southern hemisphere sky watchers will see very few Perseids.

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Around 10 to 20 shooting stars streak through the night each hour at the peak of the shower, although up to 70 per hour have been recorded during the shower’s strongest years. Jaw-dropping Leonids -- (Science@NASA) On Nov. 18, 2001, sky watchers somewhere will see a dazzling storm of Leonid meteors. They leave behind a trail that stays in the sky for up to a minute, but are best viewed from a dark sky location, when the moon is out of the way.
For more on NASA Science, visit Dawn on either day could be good for North Americans. This year, our planet plowed through two clouds of debris from Comet Temple-Tuttle, providing peak periods some six hours apart overnight between November 18 and 19. Face away from it; look toward the darkest part of the sky. U.S. Air Force DMSP spacecraft see city lights, erupting volcanos, lighting and meteors. Note that the meteor shower dates do not change much from year to year, though the peak of a shower may vary by a day or two. "About an hour ago it clouded up. Get breaking space news and the latest updates on rocket launches, skywatching events and more! Even when you face away from the Moon the air glows because of moonlight scattered from air molecules and aerosols (e.g., water droplets, dust and pollution). If possible, choose an observing site where you can stand in the shadow of a building or some other Moon-baffle. The Leonids Meteor Shower in 2002 offered a number of shooting stars and comets during the peak times of the meteor shower in November. document.write('Wednesday, November 20, 2002 Posted: 2:16 AM HKT (1816 GMT)
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<\/span>'); Don't fret if you missed the 2002 Leonids.