LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak over the next few nights and is annually active in November.

This “peak” is right on time and typically occurs mid-to-late November. The peak viewing night arrives this Friday, Nov. 17.

The Leonid meteors get their name from their point of origin in the Leo constellation. The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the sun.

The good news? No special equipment or a lot of skills are required to view the meteor shower. Stick to the basics, and you’ll be able to keep an eye on the sky over the next few nights. With that said, it’s always best to view from a secluded spot, away from city lights, give your eyes time to adjust, dress warmly, and most importantly, stay patient.


The forecast looks good Wednesday night, and Thursday night offers up increasing clouds overnight, but there is still some time to sneak in a viewing. Both nights will be chilly but warmer than the past few, with lows mainly in the 40s.

While the peak is expected Friday night, The Weather Authority is calling for rain in the forecast, but it should clear up late Friday night. Clouds could linger overnight and hinder the view in some areas. Remember, the Leonid Meteor Shower remains active until Nov. 30!

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