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UK to see the biggest meteor shower, lighting the sky in an array of colours

If you like to look at or study meteoroids like me, you’d find yourself lucky soon. The UK is soon to see the biggest meteor shower, lighting the sky in an array of colors.


The Leonids will bring around 200 shooting stars an hour to decorate skies across the UK.

It will peak on 17 Nov, Thursday night and early on Friday morning with the display being said to be up to 10 times more prolific than normal. 


Their peak will be between midnight and dawn as there will be more than 15 meteors an hour.

The Leonid meteor shower is made up from debris from the comet entering our atmosphere.

The constellation Leo is closely linked to this shower as it is associated with Comet Tepel-Tuttle.


Leonids are said to occur every 33 years, according to NASA and usually happens in mid-November, radiating from a point in the constellation Leo which is said to be near the head of the lion. See image below.


Screenshot of Star Tracker app.


As seen in the image, the crescent moon is sitting at the bottom of the lion in constellation Leo and the Leonids are near the head. The purple and red lines shooting across the image are meteors displayed in the app.


For anyone aiming to watch the showers, the advice is to turn off phones and torches 15 minutes before to allow your eyes to adjust to the settings. 


After speaking to a few Sheffielder’s, they seem passionate to watch the shower from the peak district, depending on rain levels.


It was revealed in an article that Sheffield is ranked as one of the best places in the UK to stargaze.


It says that Parkgate Resorts recently revealed Sheffield to be the second-best UK city to stargaze, as Sheffield has less light pollution than other major UK cities which were studied. 

It’s written that Sheffield is 88 meters above sea level which gives its residents the advantage of seeing the stars.


The article quotes a member of the Sheffield Astronomical Society, Darren Swindells. He says “There’s so much you can see; Mars is high up at the moment, the moon is good to look at and then you’ve got star clusters, there’s galaxies, gas clouds and things you can study like double stars and variable stars as well.”


Below are a few stargazing tips for anyone watching the meteor shower later tonight in the UK:


Firstly, it has been recommended to turn the lights off in your home to reduce light pollution as that will make stars more visible to the naked eye.


Secondly, stargazing reaches it’s best outcome when the moon is not full, so it’s best to check the phase of the moon on the night.


A final key tip is to sit in a dark room to allow your eyes to adapt to the darkness and this will allow the stars to appear more clear and visible once again. 


The shooting star display is said to continue across several days.


Here are Meteor Shower dates for the rest of 2022.


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