Leonid Meteor Shower peaks in the Alabama sky Thursday night



TO PUT ON A SHOW THE LATE LEONID LINDEN. GOT IT. LEONID, THERE WE GO. THE METEOR SHOWER WILL PEAK TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING. JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I GOT IT RIGHT. THAT’S WHY YOU BRING THE X RAYS. KEEPING IN MIND WHO THAT WAS. COOL. JUST. JUST THE PEAK. ASTRONOMERS BELIEVE THAT YOU COULD ALSO SEE IT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. THE METEORS ARE COMING FROM THE CONSTELLATION. LEO. THE LION IN THE EAST. NOW, THIS IS THE FASTEST METEOR SHOWER STRIKING THE EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE AT 158,000 MILES PER HOUR. ALL RIGHT. SO, JASON, METEOR SHOWERS IT DOWN FOR US. SO IT LOOKS PRETTY COOL. IT DOES. AND YOU HAVE TO BE AWAY FROM CITY LIGHTS. AND WE WERE DISCUSSING, OKAY, WHERE CAN YOU GO IF YOU LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM OR EVEN IN ANNISTON, TUSCALOOSA, GADSDEN, WHERE THERE’S LOTS AND LOTS OF LIGHTS AROUND. YOU GOT TO GET OUT OF TOWN TO BE ABLE TO SEE THIS RIGHT NOW. OF COURSE, HAVE A PERFECTLY CLEAR SKY. SO I THINK WE’RE SETTING UP FOR A DECENT VIEW IN A LOT OF PLACES, JUST MAYBE NOT HERE FROM RED MOUNTAIN. LOOKING PAST VULCAN, BUT YOU WILL WANT AN UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW TOWARD THE EASTERN SKY AROUND, SAY, EIGHT TO MIDNIGHT. IT’S WHEN I THINK YOU MAY HAVE YOUR BEST SHOT AT ACTUALLY SEEING SOME. SO YOU’RE LOOKING EAST, LOOKING AT THE HORIZON, WATCHING FOR THE CONSTELLATION. LEO AND IF YOU GIVE YOURSELF ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO GET ADJUSTED TO THE DARKNESS, YOU MIGHT SEE ABOUT 10 TO 15 METERS PER HOUR. BUT HERE’S THE CATCH. IT’S NOT IN THE EIGHTIES ANYMORE. WE’LL BE AROUND 28 DEGREES AFTER MIDNIGHT AND THAT IS GOING TO SET UP A VERY, VERY COLD NIGHT AROUND CENTRAL ALABAMA. SO A DARK AREA AWAY FROM CITY LIGHTS. I’M THINKING PLACES LIKE MOUNT JIHAD WOULD BE ONE OF THE FINEST SPOTS TO WATCH THIS OUT BETWEEN TALLADEGA AND SYLACAUGA FROM THE SLEEPING GIANT’S EAST, THERE’S NOT QUITE AS MUCH IN THE WAY OF CITY LIGHT AROUND 15 MINUTES TO LET YOUR EYES ADJUST TO IT. THE MOON. THIS COULD BE THE ISSUE. THE MOON GETS UP OVER THE HORIZON ABOUT 1244. NOW IT IS THE LAST QUARTER MOON, SO IT WON’T BE QUITE AS BRIGHT. BUT OVERALL I THINK WE’RE LOOKING AT A DECENT OTHER THAN THE COLD. LET’S BRING IN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JERRY TRACEY GERRY. OBVIOUSLY COLD TONIGHT. HOW MUCH MORE OF THIS WE GOT? IT LOOKS LIKE SEVERAL DAYS, JASON. THE AFTERNOONS AREN’T TOO BAD, BUT NONETHELESS, IT’S GOING TO BE VERY COLD FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL NIGHTS. FORTUNATELY, LIKE JASON WAS JUST SAYING, SKIES ARE CLEAR, SO THERE’S NOTHING SHOWING UP ON THE RADAR. IN COLEMAN RIGHT NOW, 39 DEGREES LEADING THE WAY DOWN INTO THE THIRTIES, 45 BIRMINGHAM AND ALABASTER, 47 TUSCALOOSA, 45 AND ANNISTON. YOUR 12 HOUR FORECAST TONIGHT STAYS CLEAR DOWN TO FREEZING BY NINE OR 10:00 TONIGHT. OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE MID TWENTIES. LOOK OUT FOR A HARD FREEZE LATER ON TONIG

Leonid Meteor Shower peaks in the Alabama sky Thursday night

The Leonid Meteor Shower lights up the night sky in November and early December, and the peak occurs on Thursday night (November 17) into Friday morning (November 18).Look east above the horizon around midnight as Leo and the Moon rise above the horizon.Give your eyes about 10 to 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness.Expect 10-15 meteors per hour, but the shower may occasionally bring more than that.Moonrise happens at 12:44 AM in Birmingham.Expect a clear sky, light wind, and temperatures in the upper 20s.ALABAMA HISTORYDid you know the song ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ was written about the incredible Leonid Meteor Shower in 1833? The meteors that night fell at an incredible rate of about 30 per second!Next time you hear the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners begin that traditional fanfare, think about a night sky in November filled with ‘shooting stars!’

The Leonid Meteor Shower lights up the night sky in November and early December, and the peak occurs on Thursday night (November 17) into Friday morning (November 18).

  • Look east above the horizon around midnight as Leo and the Moon rise above the horizon.
  • Give your eyes about 10 to 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
  • Expect 10-15 meteors per hour, but the shower may occasionally bring more than that.
  • Moonrise happens at 12:44 AM in Birmingham.
  • Expect a clear sky, light wind, and temperatures in the upper 20s.
leonids over alabama thursday night

ALABAMA HISTORY

Did you know the song ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ was written about the incredible Leonid Meteor Shower in 1833?

The meteors that night fell at an incredible rate of about 30 per second!

Next time you hear the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners begin that traditional fanfare, think about a night sky in November filled with ‘shooting stars!’

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