How to Watch the Leonid Meteor Shower
The meteor shower gets its name because the meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Leo the Lion. Though, you don't need to find the constellation to see the meteors. You can see the meteors almost anywhere in the night sky.
You'll find them after midnight on the night of the 17th, with some of the best viewing coming in pre-dawn hours of November 18.
Enjoying a meteor shower, especially one that isn't producing a wild number of meteors per hour, takes patience. With the weather turning cold, it might make things a little tough. Bringing a thermos of hot chocolate or a hot toddy might help you out if you're watching in the colder reaches of the continent.
In warmer months, the recommendation would be to get out to a place with clear sight lines of the sky, free from light pollution coming from the city. (This is a good tool for tracking down the best stargazing locations.) You may also want to check on the visibility in your area before heading out.
You will also want to get there early enough to let your eyes adjust to the darkness, which can take a while. Then you need to have a little patience.
Since it's a little chilly out, you'd be forgiven for deciding to stay in and tune into a live stream, like the one Slooh is hosting November 17 at 7pm ET.
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