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The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

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The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

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Up to 20 meteors an hour are expected to streak across the sky during the Leonids meteor shower during Thursday night and Friday morning.
Stargazers are urged to watch the skies at between 9pm on Thursday and 3.40am on Friday as that is when the display peaks in the UK. According to Meteorwatch, another peak is expected to occur at 11pm on Friday with similar rates.
However, this year’s event could be hampered as the Leonids fall during the last quarter moon – which sits just to the right of the radiant of the Leonids in the constellation of Leo. These conditions could obscure much of the anticipated meteor shower.
The Leonids are seen every year in November, when the Earth passes through a cloud of debris trailing the Tempel-Tuttle comet, which orbits the sun every 33 years.

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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

so.... do we look  North, South, East or West?.... haven`t a clue where Leo is in the sky, and can`t read a star map... so your title is a little misleading... Roll eyes
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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

The best places to watch the Leonids in the UK
North
•    Buckstones Car Park, Marsden Moor, Yorkshire
•    Friar's Crag, Lake District, Cumbria
Midlands
•    Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire
South
•    Bignor Car Park, Slindon Estate, West Sussex
•    Dunkery Beacon, Holnicote Estate, Exmoor
•    Echo Mount, Knole, Kent
•    Black Down, Sussex
Northern Ireland
•    Divis Mountain, Belfast
Wales
•    Penbryn Beach, Cardigan
Scotland
•    Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway
•    Sighthill Park, Glasgow
•    New Lanark Roof Garden, Lanark
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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

Thanks for that !.... near to Slindon, (well 35 miles or so,) but won`t be going there....
still don`t know the DIRECTION to look... N.S.E. or W ?
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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

It doesn't matter what direction you look in, because the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky.
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Just for you shutter...
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Where to Look in the Sky:
The meteors radiate from Leo, the zodiac constellation associated with the astrological sign of the lion for those born in August. One should look in the area of the sky 30 degrees to 75 degrees above the horizon in the direction of Leo. Leo rises in the southeast roughly around midnight. So one should look toward the southeast. The radiant point of the shower is in the "sickle" of Leo at a right ascension of 10h 14m and a declination of +22 degrees. The brightest star in Leo is Regulus and has magnitude 1.5.

http://www.jupiterscientific.org/sciinfo/leonid.html
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Ah well.... clicked on your linky.... and it gives the following information, in answer to my question !
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One should look in the area of the sky 30 degrees to 75 degrees above the horizon in the direction of Leo. Leo rises in the southeast roughly around midnight.

and here is an impression of me.... looking for them......-------->>>>>>  Roll eyes
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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

Did you miss this bit?  one should look toward the southeast.
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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

They are named Leonids because the appear to originate from the constellation of Leo like the Geminids in December.
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Errmmm.... probably, but there is a clue in this bit.....
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Leo rises in the southeast roughly around midnight.

Roll eyes  still looking ! ! ! !   Cheesy
However.... just scrolled down and read this... (the web page was produced in 2002... so "next year"... in the following bit, refers to 2003.... and we are now 8 year down the line.... so maybe not see much at all...
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Note that, next year, astronomers are not predicting a storm and Earth will move out of the 33-year cycle for favorable viewing. Since it may be 30 years before the next Leonid storm, this year may be your last chance in a long time to see a good Leonid meteor shower.

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Only 4 1/2 hours to go Smiley
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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

Yes I am aware of that so thank your "Lucky Stars " If you see anything at all, I wont see anything as Its raining up here and the sky Is full of It.
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At the moment I can see Jupiter or Uranus, not quite sure which so the sky is reasonably clear....so far.
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Re: The best places to watch the Leonids meteor shower in the UK

[quote=shutter]and here is an impression of me.... looking for them......-------->>>>>>  Roll eyes

And here is my impression of 'shutter' and pirate parrot looking for the meteor shower -

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At the moment I can see Jupiter or Uranus, not quite sure which so the sky is reasonably clear....so far.

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