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Here's how to see the Leonid meteoror who shows the top of the weekend



The annual Leonid meteor shower is back, and this weekend is the best time to see it as best.

According to the American Meteor Society, the peak activity of the shower is expected on November 17th.

During peak activity, as many as 15 meteors can be seen per hour, according to NASA. The meteors are often bright, colorful and fast and travel at about 44 miles per second.

The best time to watch the meteors is just after midnight local time, reports EarthSky.org. While many people can get a good view of the meteors just outside their homes, EarthSky suggests visiting local, state or national parks to get the best view from the city's lights.

The Leonids got their name from Leo Lion Lion Constellation, which is from where the meteor shower will pop up.

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epa06332694 A rotated long exposure photo shows a tree under the starry sky during a Leonidian meteor shower in Villanueva de la Pena in the northern region of Cantabria, Spain, November 15, 2017 (issued November 16th). EPA-EFE / Pedro Puente Hoyos ORG XMIT: GRAF233

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In most cases, Leoniduschen produces 10 to 15 meteors every hour, but every 33 years or so hundreds of thousands of meteors can be displayed one hour depending on the observer's view, NASA said.

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