Leonids Meteor Shower Reaches Its Peak This Week, Here’s How To See It

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The first tip for viewing the meteors — besides to dress in layers — is to plan to be outside at around midnight local time, but the meteors are anticipated to be visible until dawn. The shower will be most vibrant away from light pollution, so try to get outside of town and away from street lights if possible. NASA says you should lie down flat on your back — sleeping bags and warm blankets will be a must if there’s already snow on the ground in your locale — and point your feet to the east.

It will be dark at first, but your eyes will adjust. Seeing the meteors is contingent on a cloud-free sky, but assuming there’s clear weather, the meteors will be visible from everywhere in the world except Antarctica. You should not need binoculars to view the meteors. You likely want to kick back and take in the sight with your own eyes, but if photographing the Leonids is of interest to you, Nikon has a great guide for capturing meteor showers on camera.

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