Minnesota Sky Set To Light Up With Shooting Stars This Week

By Taylor Linzinmeir

November 15, 2022

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The Minnesota sky will light up with shooting stars this week during the Leonid meteor shower, according to Only In Your State.

The Leonid meteor shower happens every year during the month of November. It produces an average of 15 meteors per hour throughout its duration. At its peak —which happens just past mid-November— and under ideal viewing conditions, star gazers could potentially see 100-200 meteors per hour.

The Leonid meteor shower is technically considered a modest meteor shower, however, it is known for producing spectacular fireballs on occasion. In addition, there are historical records that say Leonids sometimes produce massive numbers of shooting stars, even as much as thousands of meteors per hour.

The Leonid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation from which the shower radiates: Leo. In November, the constellation is generally visible in the northern part of the Minnesota sky.

For the best chances of seeing the shower, try to find the darkest place as possible to watch the sky. The darkest skies are found in northern Minnesota, near the Canadian border. If you can make it to one of the state's dark sky areas, like Voyageurs National Park, you'll have better odds for seeing the maximum number of shooting stars across the night sky.

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