Early morning of November 17 will have a wonderful display in the sky, with a strong showing of the Leonid Meteor Shower. This year’s meteor shower will look all the more better because of no interference from the moon, as November 16 is the new moon, so the skies will be dark and even the faint meteor streaks will be visible.
The shower will put up the best display for those in central and eastern Asia, with the meteor rate rising to few hundreds per hour at 21:40 GMT. Eastern observers in North America will get a more moderate view with a few dozen meteors an hour, and the best time to watch the skies will be between 3:30 and 5:30 a.m. EST.
Other regions in North America may not get a very good viewing of the 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower, but they will be able to see shooting stars every few minutes. Europe and Africa on the other hand, won’t have much of a view. The Leonid Meteor Showers are so named because their radiant is positioned “sickle” of the constellation Leo.