Why you should brave the cold in your hammock

The Leonids meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle and people can view about 20 meteors an hour at the peak of this annually active wonder of the solar system.

The Leonids can be seen by viewers from both hemispheres. While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, we suggest lying back in your Simply Hammock and looking at the sky between the East and the point right above you to view the Leonids.

It usually peaks around November 17 or 18. We suggest that observers try their luck after nightfall on November 18. 

Leonids - Poem by Gill Moore
High in a November sky
as Temple Tuttle passes by
and all around the village sleeps
I witness one of nature’s feats
Shooting stars are all around
these meteorites they make no sound
like silver fireworks in the sky
and visible to naked eye
this cosmic dust so clear so bright
warms up my cold November night
and as they fall I 'oooh' and 'aaah'
I can't believe they've come so far
How many more times will I see
this pyrotechnic show for free
Gill Moore