The Leonids are back! Tomorrow night into Friday morning you can expect to see rates between 20-50/hr. Some experts have said there could some a couple outbursts this year to around 200/hr , but that won’t favor the United States and with the moon, even worst. We are now reaching the winter months, it can get pretty cold out and clouds can dominate the landscape. This year the moon will rise around midnight, but don’t let that keep you inside! There will be plenty of time in the evening hours with darker skies for the first half of the shower. When the moon rises it will then interfere with the meteor shower, but it won’t wash them all away. Leonid Fireballs are likely and I will be there when one falls.
It’s going down into the 20′s tomorrow night where I live. Remember to dress warm! Bring gloves, insulated boots, blankets, hats, fluids, camping chairs, cameras, tripods and some snacks! I would say meteor rates will be around 20 /hr with some sporadic bright fireballs. Let’s hope the weather is on my side!