Leonids Meteor Shower: An Exciting Astronomical Event

12 November 2021

November 17th; Astrophotography enthusiasts, put this date in your calendar, as this will be your chance to get the best look of Leonids meteor shower, which occurs annually. This exciting astro event is a great opportunity to get out your telescope or your digital camera, so you can enjoy it to its fullest and even capture some great photographs to share online. Read on to find out a little more about Leonids meteor shower.

What is it?

Leonids meteor shower is a collection of shooting stars or meteors, which are actually leftover debris from a comet called 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. They take 33 years to make a full orbit around the sun, and although they reach peak visibility in the sky on the 17th, they are actually visible for the entire month of November. This exciting annual event is visible everywhere in the world, with the Northern Hemisphere getting the best look. But don’t worry, you can still get a good view here in Australia.

How did Leonids meteor shower get its name?

Leonids meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo, as it is at this location in the sky that the shower is at its brightest.

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What do I need to do to see it best?

To get the best view of Leonids meteor shower, location is everything. Aim for a spot that gives you a full view of the night sky, away from city lights. Be sure to arrive early so your eyes have time to adjust to the dark and rug up for comfort!

Making the most of this opportunity

As we mentioned at the top, this is a great opportunity for astro-enthusiasts of all levels to get out there and enjoy the wonders of the sky. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Head over to our blog, where we have our informative Beginner’s guide to Astrophotography, along with our Telescope Buying Guide, which is perfect for beginners, and our guide to choosing the best binoculars for stargazing.

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