Leonid Meteor shower 17th November 2021

The Leonid meteor shower peaks on the 17th of November but an almost full moon will make sightings a little more challenging.

This from the Met Office

up to 10/15 meteors an hour

From the Sky at night magazine

To see a Leonid meteor, find a place away from the light pollution of towns and cities (providing it is safe to do so) and locate the radiant in the night sky (use a star chart or smartphone astronomy app if need be).

You don’t need a telescope or binoculars to see a meteor shower: in fact these would narrow your field of view. Naked-eye observing is best, but give your eyes about 30 minutes or so to properly dark-adapt and you will be able to see more.

Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) is a useful term to get to know when you’re preparing to observe a meteor shower. It’s a term used to describe meteor shower rates, but is really only for comparison and isn’t intended to represent actual visual rates.

At its peak the 2021 Leonid meteor shower will have a ZHR estimated in the range of 10–20 meteors per hour.

More here https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/leonid-meteor-shower-when-how-see/

For us in the Western Isles, it will be a mixture of clear skies and cloud with frequent squally showers.

Good luck and happy hunting.

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