The radiant (center) of the Leonid meteor shower in the pre-dawn skies of Saturday November 17, 2012. (Illustration: StarDate.org via Space.com)

The radiant (center) of the Leonid meteor shower in the pre-dawn skies of Saturday November 17, 2012. (Illustration: StarDate.org via Space.com)

Leonid Meteor Shower Lights Up Weekend Skies

The stars, they are a’flying once again. The annual Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight, and although hopes are not high because of their sand-grain size, there is the chance for a fireball or two.

“If forecasters are correct, the shower should produce a mild but pretty sprinkling during the night/morning of November 16–17,” NASA said on its website. “The moon will be a waxing crescent setting before midnight, clearing the way for some unobstructed Leonid viewing.”

Dark skies are essential for this faint shower, the space experts say. Either way, scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will broadcast live views of the 2012 shower from a camera aimed up at the sky. Clear weather should help with visibility too, according to forecasters. Space.com, courtesy of NASA, will broadcast the shower starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday evening November 16. You can also go directly to NASA’s streaming site.

This fireball provides an example of how it can look, if we’re lucky.

 

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