The Leonid meteor shower is active between 6th and 30th November, peaking 16th or 17th November, and can produce zenithal hourly rates (ZHRs) of between 30 and 300 meteors per hour. Leonid meteors are generally rapid moving and very bright with apparent magnitudes of around -1.5.
Periodic comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle is responsible for the debris stream that creates the Leonids, created during its 33 year orbit around the Sun. The first recorded observations of the Leonids were in 902 AD.
Please download our Leonids radiant finder chart or see the star map below (clicking will open a larger version) for the location of the radiant (both produced in TheSkyX Professional Edition).