A Brief Summary of What Transpired
for the 1999 Leonid Meteor Shower

Around 02:00 UT on November 18 (21:00 EST on November 17) the Leonid meteor shower peaked displaying about 2,500 meteors per hour. Such a dramatic show was only possible for viewers in northern Africa, southern Europe and the Middle East. The storm was not visible for those in North America for two main reasons: a bright moon dimmed viewing and the consellation Leo (where the meteors originate) was below the horizon. Nonetheless, many North Americans saw a few dozen meteors per hour.

If you enjoy watching meteors, the most reliable display is the Perseid meteor shower in the second week of August.

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