Get ready to make a wish because one of the most dazzling meteor showers this year is set to reach its peak tonight, November 17, and will last until the dawn of November 18.
Named the Leonids, this annual meteor shower is usually active from November 6 to November 30. Originating from 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, the Leonids are known to cook up prolific meteor storms every few decades. Unfortunately, 2020 isn’t one of them. You can, however, still expect to see 10 to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.
According to PAGASA, sky watchers looking to marvel at the light show should look to the east if we’re to be blessed with clear skies ahead.
The last time the Leonids came with a meteor storm was way back in 2001 where it reportedly produced a sight of 1000 meteors an hour. Historically, these storms were also seen in the years 1833, 1866, 1966, and 1999. That said, mankind will have to wait a long while for the next one to pass by.
"It appears that the earth will not encounter any dense clouds of debris until 2099. Therefore, when the comet returns in 2031 and 2064, there will be no meteor storms, but perhaps several good displays of Leonid activity when rates are in excess of 100 per hour," explains the American Meteor Society.