2021 Leonids

Peaks: 17-18 November

This year Leonid meteor shower will be heavily impaired by a full Moon glare, washing out usually fast meteors with persistent trails. Leonids ordinarily pick up steam after midnight and display the greatest meteor numbers just before dawn.


5-29 November

Observing conditions
From United Kingdom
Shower is visible
Don't forget a night to remember!
get reminder We’ll never share your details. See our Privacy Policy
graphical divider

Every 33 years or so, the Earth seems to be passing through a denser part of the dust stream left after comet Tempel-Tuttle. This is the time when Lion wakes up and roars. Like the outburst of Draconids, Leonids also produce meteor storm events - the biggest in recorded history.

Indeed, on that beautiful night in 1966, the meteors did, briefly, fall like rain. Some who witnessed the 1966 Leonid meteor storm said they felt as if they needed to grip the ground, so strong was the impression of Earth ploughing along through space.

Please support our Citizen Science project UKMON
Donate now

divider graphic

Latest articles:

17 November 2021

Professional Tips for Taking Better Meteor Photos

Mary McIntyre talks you through some professional tips to help you take better meteor photographs, and best of all, you don't need a high-end camera to do it.

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer FRAS
17 November 2021

2021 Perseid meteor shower

The debris stream from Swift-Tuttle is quite widely dispersed so the Perseid Meteor Shower is active from 17th July until 24th August, with the peak occurring overnight on 12th / 13th August.

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer FRAS
17 November 2021

How to increase your chances seeing more Perseid meteors

August gives us the opportunity to witness another spectacle in the night skies, not a comet this time, but a meteor shower, in this instance, the Perseid Meteor Shower, which begins in late July but peaks on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August.

By John Maclean FRAS
arrow-up icon <!- cookie consent -->