Here are some things NCMS employees, members, and YOU are talking about this Weekend and Beyond!

Leonid meteor shower: All you need to know in 2023


The 2023 Leonid meteor shower, seen in Earth mode (above the Earth’s surface, looking down). A waxing crescent moon will not interfere with viewing the Leonids on the predicted peak days of November 17 and 18. Image via Guy Ottewell.

The famous Leonid meteor shower will be free of moonlight on the shower’s peak morning, November 18. You might also try watching on the morning of November 17.

Predicted peak: is predicted** for November 18, 2023, at 5:33 UTC.
When to watch: Watch late on the night of November 17 until dawn on November 18. The morning of November 17 might be worthwhile, too.
Duration of shower: November 3 through December 2.
Radiant: Rises around midnight, highest in the sky at dawn.
Nearest moon phase: In 2023, first quarter moon falls on November 20. So there will very little interference from moonlight in 2023.
Expected meteors at peak, under ideal conditions: Under a dark sky with no moon, you might see 10 to 15 Leonid meteors per hour.

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The Rink is back!

Photo: Red Hat Amphitheater

Enjoy the thrill of ice skating in a winter wonderland created in the heart of downtown Raleigh! THE RINK presented by UNC Health features a natural ice skating rink with stunning views of the Raleigh skyline.  All you need to know to lace up your skates is here.

Time for the 41st Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival

Join the largest pottery community in the U.S. Saturday and Sunday as everyone comes together with traditional craftspeople to sell their wares. The festival features potters market, auction of signed and dated pottery, demonstrations and food vendors.  All you need to know is here.


The holidays are kicking off this weekend!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sunday 3-7pm, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro

Straight No Chaser, Sunday 3-7, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham

If you have an event you would like added to On The Lighter Side, email Randy Aldridge at [email protected].