Look up: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Leoind meteor shower in the night sky

People in the northern hemisphere will get the best seats to enjoy the stunning show, while those in the southern hemisphere can also get good views, depending upon the clarity of the night sky.

These storms only happen rarely; viewers this year will still be treated to an hourly rate of 10 to 20 meteors, according to Sky and Telescope, on the peak date of November 17.

No such storm is forecast this year, though: Viewers should see an hourly rate of some 10 to 20 meteors.

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The Leonid meteors - so named because they appear to radiate from the constellation of Leo the Lion - will create a host of "shooting stars" late Friday night into the hours leading to dawn.

If you don't mind staying outside in chilly weather this weekend, you're in for quite the celestial spectacle - the Leonid meteor shower. The meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye. (Earth's orbit takes it straight through the debris trail.) The dust and debris ignite when it hits our atmosphere.

Given that the meteors are fairly sparse and take place during a cold time of year, it is best to bundle up, relax. "You also want to lay as flat as possible so you can see as much of the sky as possible".

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Favorable weather conditions are expected for viewing the meteors streaking across the sky in the coastal areas of the Southeast, AccuWeather reports.

First, there's good news about the moon: This year, visibility will be excellent because the new moon will take place November 18, providing a flawless view of the meteors, which will not be washed out by any lunar light, Space.com said. Thankfully, for those hoping to capture a glimpse, The Dubai Astronomy Group will be holding a special public event from Friday evening until early Saturday morning.

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