Leonid Meteor Shower 2012: Where To Watch Peak Meteors On Saturday [LIVESTEAM & VIDEO]

By Amir Khan on November 16, 2012 11:01 AM EST

Leonid Meteor Shower
The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here's where to watch. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend, and both professional and amateur astronomers are pointing their telescopes upwards to see the spectacular show. But for people who cannot see the spectacular Leonid meteor shower from their backyard, the internet has you covered.

The Leonid meteor shower is famed for being especially bright, and astronomers look forward to the Leonid meteor shower all year. This year, with the moon at a crescent, the Leonid meteor shower will appear even brighter than normal. Clear skies will also help people see the Leonid meteor shower.

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"Leonid meteors are very swift. Meteroids in this stream have the highest geocentric velocity (44 miles per second) known for any shower, close to the maximum value theoretically possible," Neil Bone in his book Meteors, according to the Washington Post. "The Leonids are rich in faint meteors, indicating a high proportion of small particles in the swarm."

The Leonid meteor shower comes from debris shed by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which comes into the Solar System every 33 years. The comet leaves dust and debris behind, and the Earth enters into this debris field once a year, and it causes the Leonid meteor shower.

The Leonid meteor shower starts at Saturday morning at 3 a.m. ET, according to Space.com, and stargazers can expect to see upwards up 10 to 20 meteors per hour.

"We're predicting 20-30 meteors per hour over the Americas, and as many as 200-300 per hour over Asia," Bill Cooke, with the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, said in a statement. "Our forecast is in good accord with independent theoretical work by other astronomers."

If you can't see the Leonid Meteor shower, you can see a Livestream of the event here.

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