On occasion, the cosmos will do something wild that reminds us how cool life can be. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than a meteor shower, when we get to see shooting stars, make wishes, and learn about the night sky in a new way. Since this weekend marks the return of an annual phenomenon, we’ve got the inside scoop on the best places to see the Leonid meteor shower across the U.S. This year’s meteor shower will span across Friday and Saturday, so you’ll have ample time to get your meteor gazing on.
The good news? Saturday’s new moon will allow you to get a great view of those clear skies. The bad news? This year, we can expect only 10-15 meteors per hours. But we can expect bright fireballs, which weather.com explains:
In other words, we can expect fewer meteors, but with a greater kick! The best time to view the meteor shower is before dawn, somewhere with little to no light pollution. And make sure to give your eyes 15 minutes to adjust, so you can really take in the fireballs and shooting stars. If you’re in the Rockies and the Southeast, you’ll have the best viewing conditions of the shower all weekend, according to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.
Chris breaks down each region’s best time for viewing the showers. He explains,
In case you can’t make the early dawn hours work, evening works just fine too — especially for viewing “earth grazers,” aka meteors that move across the sky horizontally at much slower speeds and for greater distances. So even if you don’t get two days of perfect weather to view the shower, there’s a good chance you’ll still be able to see some magic! So grab a loved one, a cozy blanket and some good music, head to the middle of nowhere (but stay safe!), and enjoy the meteors.