Look up! Meteor shower viewing peaks next week, experts say

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 16, 2020

According to the UK Met Office, most of the UK is expected to be covered in clouds in the next 24 hours, so clear skies can be hard to find.

At a speed of 158,400 miles (254,920 km / hr) the Leonids are soaring through the sky that visitors must be eagle-eyed - this is the fastest known meteor shower.

On Monday and Tuesday, November 16 and 17, the night sky of the Earth will be illuminated by the Leonids meteor shower, which will be visible in different countries of the world, including Ukraine.

The peak will be the night of November 16, with about 15 meteors per hour.

For the most revenue from the annual show, go out right after midnight and use a wide-angle lens to get as much of the sky as possible if you want to get pictures.

In the United States there should be mostly clear skies during the peak time except for some storms along the West Coast of the country.

The Apex of the Perseid Meteor Shower will be coming this weekend on August 11th and 12th, with the peak of it appearing August 12th at 4PM Pacific time.

The Leonid meteor shower will shoot fireballs across the sky this week
Leonid m shower top this week

But, around every 33 years (which is how long it takes the comet Tempel-Tuttle to orbit the sun) the Leonid meteor shower becomes a meteor storm.

In this sense, from the National Astronomical Observatory (OAN) they point out that the sky is at its best when the meteor shower occurs one day after the new moon.

The next major meteor shower in the sky will be the Geminids in the middle of December.

But unlike the previous years where it produced hundreds of meteors, astronomers and experts do not predict many meteors this year. Although a similar event was previously associated with the Leonid meteor shower, the last storm occurred in 2001. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the Main Belt. Their orbits take them out of the solar system.

Leonid debris particles are very small and easily disintegrate even in the high upper atmosphere.

If any of this meteoroid makes it to Earth, it is called a meteorite. While orbiting, the Earth travels through this debris of rocks and ice that are left behind in the wake of a comet, and when the planet crosses them, this debris looks like a display of fireworks in the sky, which has been termed as a meteor shower.

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