Historic Leonid Meteor Shower With Good Viewing for Most of US on Monday

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The Leonid meteor shower, known for producing the greatest known meteor storms in history, will streak across the sky next week, with good viewing for most of the US, reaching its peak beginning on Monday at dusk.

Leonid meteor shower: Good viewing for US beginning on Monday

The Leonid meteor shower, one of the most incredible meteor displays that comes around yearly, will come into view on Monday, with good visibility for most of the US, WBIR reports.

The Leonid meteor shower kicks off beginning on November 16 reaching peak viewing conditions Monday at dusk through Tuesday at dawn.

AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel predicts: “This year will be a typical year for the Leonids, which means about 15 meteors per hour.”

“This meteor shower has produced the greatest known meteor storms in history,” Samuhel continued. “In 1966, rates topped 100,000 per hour with up to 40 occurring per second.”

“Most recently in 2001, it produced thousands of meteors per hour, which I witnessed,” Samuhel added. “There were several meteors in the sky at once for a few hours through daybreak.”

Monday is also the best time to look for jobs as companies are hiring

The Labor Department unveiled its weekly jobs report, announcing the lowest unemployment numbers since March, a strong sign of recovery and that companies are hiring again.

Monday is the prime time for job hunters to do a search for new jobs near me. So while you’re getting up early to view the Leonid meteor shower, after sunrise, it’s a great time to look for work.

What causes the Leonid meteor shower?

The Leonid meteor shower is the result of the Earth passing through the meteoroid stream of particles left behind by Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, the comet responsible for the annual Leonids.

The Leonid meteor shower occurs every year beginning November 6 through November 30, and reaches its peak on November 17. The most spectacular meteor storms occur every 33 years when the Earth passes through a more dense cloud of the comet’s debris.

Where will the best viewing be?

The best viewing will be along the southern corridor of the US, as well as into the upper Midwest. The poorest viewing will be parts of the Northwest and Northeast. Here’s a breakdown by category.

Good viewing conditions: southern California; southern Nevada; central and southern Utah; Arizona; Colorado; New Mexico; Texas; Nebraska; southeastern Wyoming; Eastern South Dakota; southern Minnesota; central and western Iowa; Missouri; Arkansas; Louisiana; western Tennessee; Mississippi; Alabama; Georgia; South Carolina; eastern North Carolina; the Florida Panhandle.

Fair viewing conditions: eastern Montana; central California; central and northern Nevada; southern Iowa; northern Utah; Wyoming; western South Dakota; eastern North Dakota; northern Minnesota; Wisconsin; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; eastern Tennessee; Western North Carolina; Eastern Virginia; northern Florida; Maryland; Delaware; southeastern New York; New Jersey; Connecticut; Massachusetts; southern Vermont; eastern Maine.

Poor viewing conditions: Washington; Oregon; central and northern Idaho; western Montana; western North Dakota; Michigan; Ohio; West Virginia; Pennsylvania; New York; northern New Hampshire; northern Vermont; northern Maine.