Leonid’s meteor shower peaks this week | Penticton News


The Leonid meteor shower peaks this week in the night sky over Kamloops and the Okanagan.
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November 17, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.

The mid-November night sky over Kamloops and the Okanagan will see the return of the annual Leonid meteor shower.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada says the Leonids are expected to peak tonight, November 17.

The Leonids are known for some of the most interesting meteor displays that light up our night skies over the years, but according to space.com, the 2020 version of the Leonids shouldn’t be particularly active.

However, Canadian meteorologists Margaret Campbell-Brown and Peter Brown suggest the Leonids could provide rates of up to 20 meteors per hour at sunrise or before sunrise.

The Leonids get their name from the place from which meteors seem to unfold, located in the constellation Leo, Leo on the southeast horizon.

Meteors, caused by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, can produce bright and spectacular fireballs. This year’s best viewing hours are expected after 4 a.m. with Environment Canada calling for cloudy skies tonight.

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