The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Nov. 17 and Nov. 20.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Keep your eyes on the sky during the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 17-20, because that's when the famous Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak. These meteors are fast (about 40 miles per second) and can leave trails of smoke, according to Astronomy.com. They will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion and can vary in color. "Many Leonids are also bright. Usually, the meteors are white or bluish-white, but in recent years some observers reported yellow-pink and copper-colored ones," according toAstronomy.com. If you live in a subdivision, try utilizing a tennis court or open backyard to catch the meteor shower. Here's one of the 10 coolest things to know about the Leonids, from Space.com: "Leonids are spawned by the comet …
The Orionids meteor shower promises to be a show worth watching in Woodstock.
The offspring of Halley's Comet are about to put on quite a show in the sky above Woodstock and Cherokee County. Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet that started earlier this week, which will give us the benefit of the annual Orionids meteor shower—though you probably won't see much until a bit later. The shower should be at its peak the night of Saturday, Oct. 20, until just before dawn on Oct. 21. This year, the moon will be setting at approximately midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that—barring cloud cover—you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour. NASA says the best time to look is before sunrise on Sunday, Oct. 21. That's when Earth encounters the densest part of Halley's debris …