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How to watch the spectacular Leonid meteor shower tonight | Digital Trends Spanish

With the Leonids known for creating particularly bright streaks in the sky, we should be fine this Thursday night the 17th and into Friday morning when the meteor shower peaks.

the rain of Leonid meteors it is caused by dusty bits of debris left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle as it orbits the sun. The particles cause glowing trails as they burn up in Earth’s atmosphere at high speed.

According to NASA, the eagle eyes among us could see up to 20 meteors per hour burning in the sky. However, he also notes that the moon will be around 35% full that night, so its light may obscure the view of some of the fainter meteors. Still, as the Leonids often offer some particularly bright streaks, there should be plenty of meteor action to enjoy.

And as you look up, take a moment to see some of the other celestial objects that populate the night sky, too.

How to see

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For the best chance of seeing the Leonids, head out late on Thursday night, November 17, and find a dark spot away from any light pollution. If you’re in the city and can easily get to a remote location with a wide view of the sky with no bright lights nearby, then do just that.

Be sure to bring warm clothing, blankets, hot drinks, and if possible some hot snacks as well, so you can feel comfortable while enjoying the light show. A portable recliner, or something warm to lie on will keep you from having to stand there straining your neck while looking up at the night sky.

NASA says: “Although the moon will rise in the east with [la constelación de estrellas] I read around midnight local time, it’s actually best to view the sky away from the apparent point of origin of the meteors, by lying back and looking up, as any meteor trail you see will appear longer and more spectacular.” Check out the video above for a more detailed explanation.

All ready? Now just keep your fingers crossed for clear skies!

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