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Leonid Meteor Shower 2012: Where to Watch in San Leandro

The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Nov. 20.

 

Keep your eyes on the sky during the pre-dawn hours through Tuesday morning, when the Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak. 

A meteor is the streak of light we see when a meteoroid enters Earth's atmosphere. The Leonids usually contain many bright meteors with trails that can be seen for several minutes. They may be seen with the naked eye.

These meteors are fast (about 40 miles per second) and can leave trails of smoke, according to Astronomy.com. They will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion and can vary in color.

Good places to watch around San Leandro incude the Marina where there will be fewer city lights and trees to obscure the sky.

A short drive up to Lake Chabot would work.

Any unobstructed vantage would offer a chance of seeing this celestial event.

To see the Leonids, lie outside in a dark place between midnight and dawn. Point your feet east and look carefully. 

Check the weather forecast and conditions before you head outside to watch.

Leonids Trivia

The Leonids shower is so-called because the meteors seem to radiate outward from the constellation Leo. The starting point, called the radiant for obvious reasons, is found in the part of Leo that looks like a backwards question mark. 

Sometimes the Leonids "storm" (rather than just a "shower") some years. The last Leonid storm, with thousands of shooting stars per hour, was in 2002.

But this year the shower will be limited to 10 to 15 meteors per hour. 

report from MSNBC says there is a reason this year's display a peak of activity will be Tuesday morning (Nov. 20). But the shower will also be on display in the early hours of Monday Nov. 19.

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Frank Mockery November 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM
David Mills - Do you perform any function other than censoring & cutting off commentary when it no longer suits your sensibilities ? Perhaps your talents would be better utilized if the Patch used you for a doorstop instead !
anthony November 19, 2012 at 01:40 AM
as a troll what function do you all really perform? http://lemongrove.patch.com/articles/lemon-grove-city-council-candidates-forum-set-for-oct-29
Barry Kane November 19, 2012 at 02:38 AM
OMG...traveling Patch bloggers.
Frank Mockery November 19, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Thanks for recognizing my greatness,anthony with a little "a" (perhaps a sign of a lack of self-worth or self-loathing) ! While it is grueling & time consuming to share my vast wisdom with so many it's the feeble-minded & backward people like yourself who make it absolutely necessary to do so (I like to think of it as a public service to the uneducated & the misinformed) ! I'm never too busy to make time for my fans because I know that one of the two greatest people in the universe,the big guy in the sky is thanking me while you're thanking me !!!
anthony November 19, 2012 at 06:10 AM
are you paid to maintain your cast of characters ?
Frank Mockery November 19, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Do you bore us with your thoughts on a pro bono basis,or do you pay someone for the privelege ? Never mind,I'm certain that nobody could possibly be interested in anything you have to say as you're as tiresome as you are intellectually challenged !
Jon November 23, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Technically the parks in San Leandro (like the Marina and Lake Chabot) have curfews at sunset, no?

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