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Skywatch: Catch meteors & planets this week

The Leonid meteor shower peaks this week.
Credit: The New Moon

We’ll start off the week with a New Moon which means better stargazing & better meteor watching (more on that in a second). The New Moon is officially here Sunday morning at 12:07 a.m. Enjoy the darker skies.

Credit: The Leonid Meteor Shower

As I mentioned earlier a darker sky will make finding meteors that much easier. The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak Monday night into Tuesday morning under a moonless sky! It's caused by debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle and roughly every 33 years the lion roars and we're treated to a meteor storm. This is not expected to be one of those years but at its peak, 10-15 meteors per hour aren’t out of the question. Find a dark spot, far away from city lights for the best show.

Credit: The Moon, Saturn & Jupiter

The moon has a date with Jupiter & Saturn this week as well. It’ll be close to the planets Wednesday, Thursday & Friday nights. Above is how you’ll find the trio on Thursday evening. Look in the south to southwestern sky at nightfall.

Credit: First Quarter Moon

We started off the week with a New Moon and we’ll end it with a First Quarter Moon. The Moon will reach First Quarter phase Saturday night at 11:45 p.m. Enjoy the half-moon in the evening. Happy hunting!