Leonids Meteor Shower on Livestreaming in Slooh.com and Space.com sites

Credit Stellarium  S. Sutherland

Credit Stellarium S. Sutherland

The Leonids have been known to produce some of the biggest meteor outbursts in history, but the next major Leonids event isn't expected until 2033.

Thanks to Slooh, a mechanical telescopic service, it will feature this November 2016 Leonids Meteor Shower on its website, with a five-hour chance to see it live, right on the computer.

You should be able to see around 20 meteors an hour during the peak.

As Joe Rao at Space.com explains, the timing of this year's Leonid meteor shower should be ideal for viewing across much of the United States - especially for those living in the central and western regions, where the dawn of the morning sun won't have had a chance to drown out the light show.

Just because the supermoon is ending doesn't mean there's nothing exciting to see in the night sky. Contemporary accounts talk of perhaps a quarter-million meteors seen over a nine-hour period as seen from North America.A meteor during the peak of the 2009 Leonid meteor shower, captured on 17 November.

The great Leonid Meteor storm of 1833 produced as many as 200,000 meteors per hour and lasted almost four hours.

But one factor that could affect Leonid visibility this year is the hangover from Monday's epic supermoon.

According to experts, it's best to lie down on the ground and relax your eyes so you don't focus too hard on one part of the sky, only to miss a meteor in another.

The best places to watch any meteor shower are those removed from city lights, such as parks in suburbs or outlying areas. The show will also highlight interesting facts about this annual event by Leonids and the origin of this phenomenon, with the tale of the beast Nemean Lion as it battles with Greek God Hercules in which the constellation of Leo is the point of origin of these meteors. "Relaxed eyes will quickly zone in on any movement up above, and you'll be able to spot more meteors".

And you will need patience, as each meteor will only be visible for a fleeting second.

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