Leonid meteor shower to light up UK sky tonight – here’s how and when you can see it | UK News
The Leonid meteor shower will light up the night sky in the UK.
Best time to watch space the scene will take place from midnight to before dawn on Friday morning
The Leonids are one of the more frequent meteor showers every year and are usually fast and bright.
When they are seen, the meteors appear to flow from the top of the constellation Leo the Lion, hence the name.
A small trail of debris left behind by a comet as it moves around the sun.
This entered Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of up to 70km (43 miles) per second, evaporating and causing the streaks of light we call meteors.
Stargazers do not need specialized equipment to view the screen as it is visible to the naked eye.
However, clear skies, a little patience and as much darkness as possible will give everyone the best chance of seeing it – meaning rural areas away from city light pollution will provide the best viewpoints.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for Thursday night is rain to continue over some areas of the north and northeast, with heavy and persistent rain in places, particularly in the hills of eastern Scotland.
But it predicts clearer skies in the southern and western regions.
Meteors will be visible everywhere in the sky, so a wide open space to be able to scan the night sky would be helpful.
Those who missed the climax of tonight’s showers will still have a chance to catch a glimpse of the screen as it continues for a few days later.