Leonid Meteor Shower could light up the Southern Interior sky this week

The Leonid Meteor Shower is expected to peak this week.
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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If the clouds part and the rain stays away, we could be in for a great showing of the Leonid Meteor Shower early Wednesday morning.

The moon, currently in the waning crescent phase, is not expected to interfere with viewing the storm, but cloudy skies and a chance of rain overnight could dampen your ability, and your will, to meteor watch.

Environment Canada is calling for cloudy skies overnight Tuesday, Nov. 17, along with a chance of rain and a low of -2 Celsius, but skies are supposed to clear by morning, which means there could still be a chance to view the peak of the annual Leonid Meteor Shower.

The Leonids typically produces 10 to 15 meteors per hour during the peak and is known for periodic storms, though one is not expected this year. The shower runs Nov. 6 to 30 and is expected to peak overnight Nov. 17 to 18 this year.

The best place to watch the meteor shower is outside of the city, away from highway and city lights, from after midnight to dawn. So bundle up, find a dark place, lean back, let your eyes adjust and you should start seeing the meteors, which will radiate from the area of the Leo constellation but can appear anywhere in the sky.

If you want to try your hand at some night sky photography while you’re out, check out these tips.

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