November 14th, 2010
09:59 PM ET

Leonid meteor shower peaks Wednesday

A meteor streak photographed in Sherborn, Massachusetts, during the 2001 Leonid meteor shower.

Skygazers will have the best opportunity to witness the Leonid meteor shower in the two to three hours before dawn on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

If skies are clear, viewers should expect to see at least 20 meteors per hour, the magazine said. The nearly full Moon will set several hours before dawn, so viewers won't have to worry about it washing out meteors as dawn approaches. 

The name Leonid comes from the constellation Leo, which appears to be the source of the meteor shower. It turns out that Leonids are actually bits of debris from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle that are left behind as the comet orbits the Sun. The amount of visible meteors depends on where Earth passes through the comet's debris trail.

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  1. Rod Munch

    Godzilla is coming! We must flee!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      We outran some old friends.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sennen

    The sky is NEVER clear here (Virginia) when interesting things like this happen. All I can ever see are airplanes. It isn't fair, and someone should do something about it.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      Sorry about the mess!

      November 15, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • nkdpagan

      I was going to try our condo at Ocean City

      November 15, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michigan girl

    It sounds beautiful at best interesting at the very least. its a show put on so we will start watching the sky as far as Jesus coming the BIBLE says we know not when so i suspect when he comes we wont get 4 days notice but no harm in practicing lmao! carry on fear mongers hope you all enjoy the show and just in case lets all be on our best behavior. you folks crack me up rofl!

    November 15, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      Your eyes can deceive you; don't trust them.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Matt 24:36
      “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matt 24:37

      “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matt 24:42
      “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” Matt 24:43

      “But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;” Matt 24:48
      “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt 24:50-51

      “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” Matt 25:6
      “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matt 25:13

      What happens if we don't watch?

      “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. “ Rev 3:3

      What happens if we do watch?

      “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. “ Luke 12:37

      The magnitude of people who cannot see this is startling!

      Judgment begins May 21, 2011. "Go ye out to meet him". Get out of the church...any church...and go to the bible.

      November 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steven

    For all that don't believe god is the creator of the stars you are being prayed for.I seen a meteor shower when I was a kid and it was awsome peace

    November 15, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      They're coming in too fast!

      November 15, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. 517blingdongding

    Old Ben is mocking the judgment of the Lord with his fantasy movies.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kimski

    @ Joanne in finger lakes yes you will.I live near Syracuse and saw them the last time.they say 15 meteors per hour.Germind meteor shower will be Dec. 13-14 around 2am their will be about 50 a hour

    November 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mandy

    I can't wait to view the meteor shower tonight. I've found a ton of great viewing information on this site: – I hope everyone enjoys the show!

    November 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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