Leonid Meteor Shower 2013
Comet of Origin: 55P/Tempel-Tuttle
Radiant: constellation Leo
Active: Nov. 6-30 , 2013
Peak Activity: Dawn 17 Nov 2013
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Approximately 15 per hour
Meteor Velocity: 71 Km/s ( 44 mile/s)
The Leonids is a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle, is named after the constellation Leo the Lion. sometimes achieved the status of meteor storm. During a Leonid meteor storm, many thousands of meteors per hour can shoot across the sky.
Scientists believe these storms recur in cycles of about 33 years, though the reason is unknown. The last documented Leonid meteor storm occurred in 2002.
The maximum number of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 20 per hour. The Moon will be 15 days old at the time of peak activity, and being so close to Full Moon, will severely limit the observations that will be possible.
The best place to look to see as many meteors as possible is not at the radiant itself, but at any dark patch of sky which is around 90° away from it, since it is at a distance of around 90° from the radiant that meteors will typically appear at their brightest.