Meteor Shower November 2012: LIVE Watch Online
The Leonids, or Leonid Meteor Shower, is a meteor shower originated by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which get their name from its location in the constellation Leo. The Leonids peak every year on November; and this year, NASA says the shower could be spectacular due to the intervention of the moon.
Skywatchers could be treated to a spectacle as no other since the early hours of the day. What could make this year's Leonids so special is the fact that the moon will enter its new phase right after the peak -- clearing the sky so meteors from the space display would be visible even before and after the peak.
Space.com recommends some tips to make the most out of one's Leonid meteor-watching experience. Among them, "getting comfortable," by which they mean to find a comfy chair (or blanket) and arm oneself with patience as watching meteors could be a straining endeavor. They also suggest to dress warmly and even grab a cup of hot chocolate if one's going to be outdoors (especially in the Northern Hemisphere).
The Leonids is not the last meteor shower of the year. In December, the also annual Geminid meteor shower will peak on the 13 and 14 of the month. The Geminids originate from the comet 3200 Phaethon.
And since astronomers say it's best to get away from the city, where both pollution and city lights can diminish visibility, here's where you can stream the meteor shower online of you just can't get away from your city (or are between the unlucky ones who lives outside of a rural area).