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Leonids Meteor Shower

November 17 - November 18

The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for what could be a good early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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Start:
November 17
End:
November 18
Event Category:

Clemson
31°
Sunny
07:0617:25 EST
Feels like: 26°F
Wind: 4mph WSW
Humidity: 94%
Pressure: 30.13"Hg
UV index: 0
FriSatSun
59/34°F
61/37°F
62/39°F

 

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