Leonid Meteor Showers: Nature’s Fireworks

Over the past few years, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about news from around the world. Although the daily lives of our sisters and brothers in other areas of the world may have seemed distinct from ours before the pandemic, we now realize that what affects one touches many. This world is immense and yet so small at the same time.

This week, people around the globe will share something else newsworthy. As our Earth crosses paths with debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, a beautiful display of meteor showers will brighten our night sky. The Leonid meteor shower radiates from the constellation Leo, and is active for about one month, every November. This year, the meteor showers will peak on November 18, and will be visible to the naked eye during the dark hours of night. They will be easiest to see from midnight until the sun begins to light the horizon.

While all meteors are exciting to watch, Leonids are among the fastest meteors, and can create a dramatic show in the sky above. Every 33 (or so) years, the Leonids create a meteor storm, classified as up to 1,000 meteors per hour. The last meteor storm took place in 2002, putting the next on our 2035 calendar—about 13 years away. While we wait for that impressive showing, stand in silent meditation from wherever you are in the dark hours of November 18 and hold the Qigong posture, The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and family members to hold the posture as well. In doing so, you will energetically connect yourselves to one another.

Regardless of our location on Earth, as we hold this beautiful posture under the same meteor-filled sky, we are reminded of the distinct connections we all share.