Meteor shower could dazzle Cincinnati skies Friday, Saturday nights

Meteor shower could dazzle Cincinnati skies Friday, Saturday nights

Kenneth Drake
November 12, 2016

The Taurids are an annual meteor shower that peaks in late October and early November, it is sometime known as "Halloween fireballs". Even though the Leonids radiate from Leo, they can be seen all over the sky, and it is not necessary to look at Leo to see lots of meteors.

IF you've ever wanted to see a meteor shower, you're in luck - a shooting star display is right around the corner.

Unfortunately, the waning (growing smaller) gibbous moon next Wednesday, evening (Nov. 16) and the next morning will dim the Leonids meteor shower, which will be at its peak that night.

The best time to view a supermoon is when the moon is low on the horizon where "an illusion will occur that makes it look unnaturally larger", according to AccuWeather. The Leonid Meteor Shower is just getting started.

Of course, whether Britain will be subject to clear skies is another matter: the current forecast is for unsettled and rainy weather across the weekend.

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When can I see it?

Cincinnati stargazers could be in for a spectacular show Friday and Saturday nights.

The shower has actually been visible since around October 20, and is set to continue to be seen until roughly December 10. Friday is predicted to be the best day. But it is important to go to an area in the countryside with very few lights.

According to NASA, the dust associated with the comet hits the Earth's atmosphere at 65,000 miles per hour and burns up, creating the Taurid meteor shower.

During a meteor shower, most of the meteors appear to come from a point in the sky.