THIS Is The Best Time To See November's Magical Meteor Storm!

7 November 2017, 11:56

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By Naomi Berners

Put this time and date in your diary!

This time of year brings us so many astrological treats.

We saw the big, bright Beaver Moon at the weekend - the second supermoon of the year - and only recently we experienced the Orionid meteor shower, where as many as 20 shooting stars an hour were seen across the UK's skies.

And the best news is, if you missed the abundance of shooting stars (or enjoyed the phenomenon so much you wish you could see it again), there's another meteor shower happening later on this month!

This time, we will be welcoming the Leonids - so called because the meteors emerge from within the constellation Leo.

And according to Space, the Leonid meteor shower is "responsible for some of the most intense meteor storms in history."

Experts say that the optimum time to witness this is midnight on Friday 17th November, with a chance that if it's a clear sky they could continue to be seen into the early hours of Saturday, before sunrise.

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Last year the Leonid meteor shower was barely seen due to a near full moon causing too much lunar light. This year, however, the Leonids will be present around a new moon, so the sky will be considerably darker, providing excellent viewing conditions.

Despite the meteor shower coming from the Leo constellation, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke has revealed that you should look in any direction to see the shooting stars - and actually too much focus on the origin could mean you miss the larger, more spectacular meteors.

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You don't need any fancy equipment to see the Leonid meteor shower; providing you are in a big open space with little light pollution, you should be able to get a great view. Apparently if you lay flat on your back and look straight up at the sky, this will give you the ultimate experience.

Just make sure you're well-layered before heading out to lay on a cold (and possibly damp) field!

Happy star gazing!

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