Look up: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Leonid Meteor Shower in the sky

Be sure to venture outside this weekend, as the skies will light up with shooting stars due to the Lenoid Meteor Shower. And, this time it's no space junk that was mistaken for a meteorite last month and disappointed many sky gazers. In past years, the annual meteor shower has provided some of the most stunning celestial views in history, and although this year's isn't expected to be quite as magical, the conditions are ideal for a great view of the event. It has resulted in some mighty impressive displays in the past, with meteors falling at rates of up to 50,000 per hour.

The Leonid meteor shower peaks on the night of Friday, November 17, and early the following morning. The Leonid shower is one of the six important meteor showers which could be viewed this year.

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"This year, however, visibility will be excellent because the new moon will take place on November 18, providing a flawless view of the meteors, which will not be washed out by any lunar light", the space website wrote. Instead this will help provide better chances to view of the meteors. Though the meteor shower peaks during that time frame, meteors should be visible for a few days before and after the peak, just not as frequently.

Public viewing requires registration and the venue for viewing the meteor shower will be disclosed to only the registered viewers.

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