The Leonid meteor shower
of 2010 is peaking this week and the best time to see the sky show is now.
The annual Leonids should be at their best through Nov. 18, according to skywatching experts. Avid meteor gazers graced with clear skies may see between 15 and 20 meteors per hour.
Skywatchers should look toward the constellation Leo in the eastern sky to see “shooting stars” from the Leonids, which appear to radiate out of the constellation. The best time to try to see the Leonids are in the last two or three hours before sunrise, when the moon has set.
A Leonids sky map posted here shows where to look in the predawn sky.
“From the time of moonset until around 5:15 a.m. – when the first streaks of dawn begin to appear in the east – the sky will be dark and moonless,” advises Joe Rao, SPACE.com skywatching columnist. “That interval will provide you with your best opportunity to see any Leonid meteors.”