Meteor shower Leonid is set to appear tonight in the night sky.
The Leonids will arrive late Saturday night early Sunday morning. Best seen around midnight Saturday night (November 16).
According to NASA, Leonids are considered heavy rains, although rates are often up to 15 meteors per hour. The high status comes from the quality of the meteors, which are bright and can be colorful. They're also fast – Leonid travels at 44 miles per second and is considered to be among the fastest meteors.
Leonid also has a history of fireballs and earthquake meteors. Fireballs are larger blasts of light and color that appear in the sky longer than the average meteor belt. Farmers are meteors that move close to the horizon and are known for their long and colorful tails.
While the shower is expected to be pretty typical this year, Leonid has a history of presenting himself. Every 33 years, Earth viewers can experience a storm from Leonid – defined as having at least 1,000 meteors per hour – which can reach hundreds to thousands of meteors per hour depending on the location of the observer, NASA explained.
Leonid's last meteor storm occurred in 2002.
NASA Viewing Tips:
Leonidas are best seen starting at midnight local time.
Find an area away from city or street lights. Get ready for winter temperatures with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Orient your feet to the east, lie flat on your back and look up, catching as many skies as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you will start watching meteors. Be patient – the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.