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. Dave Grohl

    @Proud...
    It's any time zone...just 2 to 3 hours before dawn. The meteors will be passing close to earth as it rotates, so everyone everywhere will be able to see it. Enjoy!

    November 15, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      This will be a day long remembered.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave Grohl

    Oh, and @517blingdongding...are you Gary Busey?

    November 15, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      It wasn't my fault, sir, please don't deactivate me. I told him not to go, but he's faulty, malfunctioning. Kept babbling on about his mission.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Me

    It's Zira and Bellus, were all boned.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. jaedyns mommy

    ok the mumble jumble about it being about god dealin with sinners is a little much. Come on now, go to church and preach. The meteor showers are a great experience, whens the last time you heard of someone getting hit by a meteor?!

    November 15, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      One thing's for sure, we're all gonna be a lot thinner.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • nkdpagan

      Your not taking this God and damnation stuff seriously, are you? I thought it was pretty funny myself!

      November 15, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      August 5, 2010
      do a google search

      November 17, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. amanda

    wish i could have seen it:)

    November 15, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      Don't act so surprised, Your Highness.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. amanda

    oh yeah and weed would have been very good to go with it lol :p

    November 15, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      I don't know what you're talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan...

      November 15, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. drew

    catch a meteor and its $100 per gram, ill gladly take the risk.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      I knew there was more to you than money!

      November 15, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Oompa Looms

    It has nothing to do with God. and who is this god anyways? just something to keep boring people busy thinkin their life is great.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      It's worse

      November 15, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stoner

    Them crooked Vultures kick ass

    November 15, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They're not much bigger than two meters.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. MCCGENO

    meteors are gay.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      Where did you dig up that old fossil?

      November 15, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Unknown

    I'm still waiting for people to somehow connect this with Obama

    November 15, 2010 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      Not unless you can alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    I wonder if they are planning to fire more missles since people will think it's just a big freakin' meteor...

    November 15, 2010 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      In my experience, there's no such thing as luck.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. James Davison

    Interested Leonid watchers might enjoy a website commemorating the 0utstanding show of 2001.

    http://internationalnaturalhistoryleague.com/ChiricahuaLeonids/TopPage.html

    Be sure to watch the night-vision scope movie!

    - JD

    November 15, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      That isn't very reassuring.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chopswell

    THE SKY IS FALLING! FLEE, FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Pullmyfinger

      Yeah, to California. Get your weed cards there too.

      November 15, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      YAHOOO!

      November 15, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rod Munch

    Ram the megabytes!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Ben

      Will you forget it? I already tried it. It's magnetically sealed!

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