A Meteor Shower And Lunar Eclipse


Diana Robinson

An image of a meteor shower taken by a photographer.

Earth will see the Leonid meteor shower and a partial lunar eclipse from November 3 to December 2. They are known to peak on November 17 and the 19, a partial lunar eclipse.

Meteor showers are celestial events, also known as “shooting stars”. They begin from a single location. The Leonid lies in the constellation Leo, where it gets its name.

The meteor shower will be visible from 2 AM to 4 AM, but you have to find the best spot to have the best view. A recommendation from Dustin Smith, Parkview’s astronomy teacher, is that, “The best place [to view the meteor shower] would be somewhere with not a lot of trees. And like the higher you can go would be better. I mean, obviously, you can’t go to like stone mountain at 2 AM. Yeah, sure. Like, if you live in a neighborhood with many trees, you want to try and get away from there. So like, Mountain Park or somewhere where there’s like a big clear area not blocking your view.”

The peak of the Leonid meteor shower comes before a lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America on November 19. It will occur in five phases, each one having different aspects. However, in phase 3, the eclipse will almost entirely be an orange-red color.

“The meteor shower peaks on Wednesday, but it’ll still be going on Thursday with the eclipse, so you’ll get more meteors on Wednesday night, but there still should be some on Thursday,” said Dustin Smith.