Meteor shower in the USA tonight

This 17 November 2014 video is called Leonid Meteor Shower November 2014.

Another video which used to be on YouTube says about itself:

Brilliant Leonids Meteor Shower November 17-18, 2014

6 November 2014

This year’s Leonids meteor shower peaks on the morning of Nov. 18. If forecasters are correct, the shower should produce a mild but pretty sprinkling of meteors. The waning crescent moon will not substantially interfere with viewing the Leonid shower.

Find a nearby location away from city lights, dressing warmly, and lie flat on your back and look straight up. No special viewing equipment needed — just your eyes.

For best viewing, wait until after midnight on Nov. 18, with the peak of the shower occurring just before sunrise.

You can see 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

Leonids are bits of debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Every 33 years the comet visits the inner solar system and leaves a stream of dusty debris in its wake. Many of these streams have drifted across the November portion of Earth’s orbit. Whenever our planet hits one, meteors appear to be flying out of the constellation Leo.

Some years, the Leonids can produce hundreds of meteors an hour.

And some years, the Leonids produce not showers of meteors, but storms. In 1833, for example, so many meteors streaked across the sky that their light awakened sleeping Americans. And in 1966, the Leonids produced up to 50 meteors every second across parts of the southwest.

Read more here.

By Jacqueline Howard in the USA:

How To See The 2014 Leonid Meteor Shower

1/16/2014 8:59 am EST

Here’s another chance to wish upon a shooting star: the 2014 Leonid Meteor Shower will peak overnight between Nov. 17 and 18, filling the sky with at least a sprinkling of meteors. And since the moon will be a waning crescent, the sky should be dark enough for a decent viewing.

“We’re predicting 10 to 15 meteors per hour,” Dr. Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said in a written statement. “For best viewing, wait until after midnight on Nov. 18, with the peak of the shower occurring just before sunrise.”

For skywatchers who will be unable to watch the show in person, Slooh Space Camera will live-stream the shower starting at 8 p.m. EST .

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