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Set your alarm clocks, Leonid meteor shower peaking

The Leonid meteor shower could put on a show tonight if the sky clears.
Image Credit: David Kingham via Flickr
November 17, 2014 - 7:26 PM

TUESDAY MORNING SHOW IF CLOUDS KEEP AWAY

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If the clouds part and the smoke clears, we could be in for a great showing of the Leonid meteor shower early Tuesday morning.

While the moon, currently in the waning crescent phase, is not expected to interfere with viewing the storm, increasing cloudiness overnight could combine with smoke already in the air to hide the meteor shower. However, if Mother Nature decides to cooperate we could get a glimpse of the annual meteor shower.

The peak is expected pre-dawn on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and while the Leonid meteor shower is known for periodic storms, one is not expected this year. Typically the Leonids produce 10-15 meteors per hour during the peak.

The best place to watch the meteor shower is outside of the city, away from highway and city lights. 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.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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