How to view the Leonid meteor shower peaking this weekend

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Stargazers, get ready! The annual Leonid meteor shower is back and this weekend may be the best time to view it. 

Peak activity for the shower is expected overnight November 17, according to the American Meteor Society. During peak activity, as many as 15 meteors can be seen per hour, NASA says

The meteors are often colorful and fast, traveling about 44 miles per second. 

According to, the best time to watch is just after midnight local time. They suggest visiting local, state or national parks for the best view away from city lights. 

NASA said in most cases, the Leonid shower produces about 10 to 15 meteors every hour, but every 33 years hundreds of thousands of meteors an hour show depending on the observer's view!