Moonlight, clouds may dim Leonid meteor shower

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A bright moon and clouds might block our view.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The Leonid meteor shower peaks at the end of this weekend.

The Leonid meteor shower gets its name from the radiant point where meteors appear to come from and this is the constellation, Leo.

This year, the Miami Valley won't be very lucky. This shower is expected to peak Sunday night into Monday morning (Nov. 17-18), but clouds and a bright moon will likely limit the show.

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The southern Miami Valley may see more breaks in the clouds through the night, but everyone will see a waning gibbous moon shining bright all night long.

During the peak of this shower, about 10-15 meteors are seen per hour. Sometimes there may be bursts as well.

The good news is that the Leonids stay active until November 30, so there will be a chance at night for shooting stars through the rest of the month.

According to NASA, meteors from the Leonid shower are usually pretty bright and have long lasting tails, making them easier to spot.

If you get lucky and catch a meteor or two over the weekend, share a photo or your experience on our WHIO Facebook page!

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