In the pre-dawn hours on the mornings of November 17-19th, the offspring of Comet Temple/Tuttle will be flashing through our atmosphere at speeds of up to 72 kilometers per second, providing Leonid meteor shower – and enticing you to test your meteor watching skills against partially moonlit skies.
Although the waning Moon will greatly interfere with fainter meteor trails, don’t let that stop you from enjoying early evening observations, or enjoying your morning coffee with a handful of “shooting stars” which will be emanating outward from the constellation of Leo.
“In Egypt in the morning of Wednesday, 9 Dhu al-Qa`da (Oct. 26) during the latter half of the night until the morning, the stars were very disturbed. The heavens were filled with starry shooting stars scattered east and west, south and north. No one was able to gaze at the heavens because of many starry shooting stars.”