The annual Leonid Meteor Shower has already begun, according to astrophotographer John Chumack in Ohio, who said he captured a dozen or so via his night sky video cameras earlier this week. But the peak for the Leonids this year is expected to be this weekend, and the best viewing should be during the hours before dawn on November 17, according to the editors of StarDate magazine at the University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory.
Every year about this time Earth passes through the debris field left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The tiny grains of dust enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, sometimes leaving glowing dust trails, which we call meteors.
What to do
Go outside, find a dark spot and look north-east near the constellation of Leo for the Leonids radiant. Meteor showers are strictly for night owls or early risers. The best time to view the Leonids in South Africa is from around 03:00 AM to 04:15 AM. Around 115 streaks per hour are expected at the peak of the shower in the early hours of Saturday the 17th.