Hanover. From November 6, 2022, the Leonids can be seen in the sky. The annual meteor shower occurs when fragments of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle enter Earth’s atmosphere, burn up and become shooting stars.
The Leonids are considered a very fast meteor storm. This year we can even look forward to a special feature that only occurs every 32 years: During the peak, around 300 to 500 meteors will be visible in the sky per hour. We will tell you here when the November shooting stars in 2022 will reach their maximum and how you can best see them.
Shooting stars in November 2022: How long will the Leonids last?
- The Leonids can be seen in the sky over Germany between November 6th and 30th, 2022 every year.
When will the Leonids reach their maximum in November 2022?
- The chances of discovering one or many shooting stars are particularly good on the night of November 17th to 18th, 2022, when the Leonids reach their peak.
Where is the best place to see the Leonids in November 2022?
The Leonids 2022 are visible across the entire northern hemisphere and can therefore also be viewed in German-speaking countries and the rest of Europe. On the other hand, they are difficult to see in the southern hemisphere, the only exceptions being areas just south of the equator.
When and how is the best time to see the Leonids?
Unlike other meteor showers such as the Orionids or the Geminids, which appear in November and December of this year, the Leonids can only be seen at around 3 a.m. The reason for this is their radiant, which only rises in the night sky after 11 p.m. The radian is the point in the sky from which the shooting stars appear to be coming. In the case of the Leonids, this is the constellation Leo, which is where the name of the meteor shower comes from. However, the moon could obscure the view of the Leonids. We only had a full moon and now our Trabant loses its radiance from night to night. But it might still be enough to outshine the lights of the meteor shower.
The Leonids are an excellent occasion for a night hike or an excursion in the early morning hours. Because in urban areas the chance of seeing a shooting star is much lower. To avoid the city lights and consequent reduced visibility, drive into the country. With a clear view of the horizon, the probability of seeing something of the Leonids increases.
The most important requirement for seeing some of the star showers, however, is without a doubt a clear night. So don’t forget: Be sure to check the weather forecast. The best location for stargazing is useless if the sky is overcast.