Interested in doing some stargazing? Here’s what you might be able to see in the night sky in November and December.
The Leonids meteor shower is coming up, and peaks between November 16 and 17. You could see approximately 20 meteors per hour. Meteor showers occur when a comet’s orbit nears the sun; some of its ice melts which releases a lot of dust and meteors. We have meteor showers a few times per year, when the Earth’s orbit crosses the orbit of a comet and travels through the dust and meteoroids.
December 21 is also the winter solstice: the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere while in the Southern Hemisphere it is the summer solstice. That is when we have we have our shortest day and longest night of the year because the Sun is at its most southern point in the Northern Hemisphere. The North Pole has no sun at all then because it is farthest from the Sun.