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Annual Leonid meteor shower to dazzle sky watchers in China this weekend

By Li Yan (People's Daily Online)    15:19, November 15, 2017

Sky watchers in China will have a clear view of the annual Leonid meteor shower this weekend, said a branch organization of the National Astronomical Observatories in Guangdong Province, southern China, Nov. 14.

The Leonid shower happens each November. This year, sky watchers will be treated to three meteor showers from Nov. 17 to 19, with peak viewing hours starting in the early morning each day.

No equipment will be needed to see the meteor shower if viewers find a dark place with a clear view of the sky.

The Leonid meteor shower is associated with debris left behind during subsequent passages of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which orbits the sun approximately once every 33 years.

In November 2001, sky watchers in China saw thousands of Leonid meteors in a single hour. It is expected that in around 2031, they will also be able to view the shooting star.

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