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Leonids Meteor Shower 2023

Nov 17–18, 2023
Countdown to peak164 DAYS
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The Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map shows the position of the radiant (the circle) in the night sky above Washington DC (Change location). Note that meteors can appear in any part of the sky, not just near the radiant. Select dates above the sky map. Need some help?

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In 2023, the Leonids will peak on the night between Nov 17–18

November Meteor Shower

The Leonid meteor shower is annually active in the month of November and it usually peaks around November 17 or 18. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant, or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.

Comet Tempel-Tuttle

The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun.

What Time Does the Meteor Shower Peak?

The table is updated daily and shows the position of the Leonids radiant in the sky for the upcoming night. Use the date drop down above the Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to change dates.

Leonids meteor shower for Washington DC (Night between November 17 and November 18)
Sat 12:00 midnight68°East-northeast8.4°
Sat 1:00 am77°East-northeast19.5°
Sat 2:00 am86°East31.0°
Sat 3:00 am95°East42.7°
Sat 4:00 am107°East-southeast54.1°
Sat 5:00 am126°Southeast64.6°
Sat 6:00 am158°South-southeast71.9°
Sat 7:00 am204°South-southwest71.7°

Direction to see the Leonids in the sky:

How to See the Leonids

You don't need any special equipment or a lot of skills to view a meteor shower. Even though all you really need is a clear sky, lots of patience, and our handy Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map with a visibility conditions meter to see a meteor shower, the following tips can help maximize your shooting star viewing experience.

  • Find a secluded viewing spot, away from the city lights. Once at the venue, your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.
  • Dress for the weather, and make sure you are comfortable, especially if you plan to stay out long. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair with you—meteor watching can be a waiting game.
  • Once you have found your viewing spot, lie down on the ground and look at the sky. You can use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map or the table above to find the direction of the radiant; the higher the radiant is above the horizon, the more meteors you are likely to see.
  • Meteor showers appear to originate from the radiant, but meteors can appear in any part of the sky.