Major meteor shower happening across North America on Saturday night

The Leonid meteor shower's best viewing hours typically come after midnight.

Digital Content Producer
November 15, 2019 - 3:55 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK/AP) - Piggybacking on the crazy meteor news that happened in St. Louis this week is the best meteor shower of the month. The Leonid meteor shower will happen across all of the U.S. this Saturday night and into early Sunday morning. 

"Twenty meteors per hour are likely through the peak, which makes it more active than the recent Taurid meteor shower," AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

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The best time to see a falling star will be just after midnight, as long as Mother Nature cooperates. There are some clouds expected in the St. Louis area throughout the weekend. 

For the best chances to spot a meteor people should look in a dark part of the sky away from the moon and any light pollution from nearby towns and cities.

The meteor that caused a sonic boom and lit up the sky in St. Louis over the Arch on Tuesday morning was about 220-pounds and traveled through the sky at 33,500 mph.

Bill Cooke, of the NASA Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Alabama, says it broke into pieces 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) above the ground.

Residents from Highland, Illinois to St. Charles, MO, reported a bright flash across the sky followed by two loud booms Monday evening as a meteor lit up the night just before 9pm.

Many people caught the Fireball on film and posted videos on twitter.

The Northern Taurid Meteor shower is nearing it's peak according to the American Meteor Society, and that is likely the source of this meteor.

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