How to observe the Leonid meteor shower this weekend as a celestial spectacular lights up the night skies

Known for producing bright, fast-moving meteors, the Leonids are an annual event that brings awe and wonder to those who take the time to observe them.  

The Leonid meteor shower is named after the constellation Leo, from which the meteors appear to radiate. 

This annual event occurs when Earth passes through the debris left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle.  

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As these tiny particles enter Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, creating brilliant streaks of light across the sky. 

The Leonids are known for their intensity, with historical records noting meteor storms producing thousands of meteors per hour. 

While such storms are rare, typical Leonid showers can still produce around 15 meteors per hour under optimal conditions. 

For the best viewing experience, plan to watch from midnight to dawn, as this is when the radiant point in Leo is highest in the sky. 

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