I went to bed early last night so I could wake up in time this morning to see the Leonid meteor shower. NASA's web site hinted it would peak about 5:22, so I was out there by about 5:15.

I live in suburbia, so the city glow is moderate. Unfortunately, all my neighbors had their outside lights on. Even so, the moon overpowered their lights.

As bright as the sky was, I was afraid it would be difficult to see enough stars to locate Leo. Luckily, Orion was quite visible, and Jupiter was very handily near the center of action this year.

In the first 30 seconds of watching, I saw about 5 meteors, and a few more in the following minutes. After that, not much. Discouraged by the damp cold and the light pollution, I went back inside. Even so, I feel satisfied. Last year, the leonids were rained out, and so I saw nothing. It's been a while since I could see 10 meteors in less than 5 minutes.

They say this will be the last good viewing of the Leonid meteor shower in a while. Oh well; there are always others.