Viewing Conditions: Northeast Prime for Leonid Shower Peak

The Leonid meteor shower, which began in early November, will peak Nov. 16-18, 2013, though it may be tough to see due to another celestial display.

As the shower hits its peak this weekend, the moon will near its full phase, making the sky particularly bright.

"This will be a major obstacle to viewing this sometimes brilliant meteor shower," Astronomy Expert Mark Paquette said.

Despite the moonlight, the meteors will pick up steam after midnight and display the greatest numbers just before dawn on the 17th and 18th.

The best locations for viewing the show in the United States will be in the Northeast and across the Southwest.