Leonidas 2022: when, how and where to see the meteor shower

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  • The light show is one of the best known of the year along with the Perseids in August

 Leonidas 2022: when, how and where to see the meteor shower

The Leonids is a celestial event in which the irradiation of several meteors is observed from a point in the night sky. Every year they can be seen from the November 6 until the 30 day, a meteor shower especially visible in the constellation Leo. But since last the 14th and until this Friday is when you will be able to do so. This will allow you to enjoy the event better.

The ideal time slot to contemplate this light phenomenonis between 1 and 3 in the morning >. This astronomical event is visible to the naked eye weather permitting, so it is not necessary to use binoculars or a telescope.

For those fans who want to observe the Leonicas in the northern hemisphere, the best point to see them is at an angle between 0° and 4°. and the 40º NE, when the Leonid radiant – the trail of light they leave behind – is above the horizon from midnight to dawn. like this Even so, this light show is one of the best known of the year along with the Perseids in August.

Where and how?

The National Geographic Institute has recalled that any viewpoint, mountain or open space without obstacles is ideal for observing the Leonids. It is advisable to leave the city to avoid the traffic. light pollution.

In this sense, it is recommended to arrive at the observation point between half an hour and an hour before the show begins to get used to it. eyesight into the dark. Despite the state of the Moon, it is preferable to look towards the darkest points, regardless of direction.

Finally, due to the low temperatures, it is recommended to bring a good jacket to enjoy the show, although in 2022 will not be This will be a good year for the observation of the Leonids, since their moment of maximum activity will take place in the afternoon. with the moon in the waning phase: this Wednesday the 16th the Moon entered its waning quarter phase at 2:28 p.m. Spanish peninsular time, leaving behind the gibbous Moon phase gibbous – stage in which more than half of the Moon is near the moon. illuminated but in decreasing phase-.

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