Leonid meteor shower 2021: When, where & how to see it

In mid-November, the fickle Leonid meteor shower hits Earth once again. This annual meteor shower, which peaks overnight on Nov 16-17, is responsible for some of the most intense meteor storms in history. Sometimes, meteors fall at rates as high as 50,000 per hour.

These meteor storms only happen rarely, and astronomers aren’t expecting much activity for the 2021 Leonid meteor shower. In fact, with the full moon arriving just two days after the shower’s peak, moonlight will overpower all but the brightest meteors this year. The best time to look is before dawn, around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT), on the morning of the peak (Nov. 17). 

Related: 10 Leonid meteor shower facts

This image is a composition of 33 Leonids captured overnight from Nov. 18 to 19, 2001.  (Image credit: Courtesy of Koen Miskotte)

When to see the Leonids

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