Moonless night should make for good Leonids meteor shower viewing

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 19, 2020

You will want to look to Leo for the best chance of finding meteorites, however they may appear at any time in the night sky. Find a dark sky away from pesky artificial lights, grab your favorite outdoor reclining lawn chair or sleeping bag, and watch for the meteors.

The chart shows the view looking east from London at midnight as 17 November becomes 18 November.

The American Meteor Society says it's unlikely we'll see such a storm in our lifetimes (the most recent was in 2001), although 2030 might see a minor storm.

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

Shooting stars travel at about 45 miles per second (at2 km / s) and about half of them leave visible trains that sometimes last for seconds.

The meteor shower began Sunday and will run through Saturday, Nov. 21.

For the uninformed, the Leonids emerge from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which requires 33 years to revolve once around the Sun.

Meteors in annual showers are named for the point in the starry sky from which they appear to radiate.

Reports state that the Leonids will be most visible in the Northern Hemisphere, but can also be seen from the Southern Hemisphere.

Unfortunately, this year's shower won't produce a meteor storm, which is when you can see upward of 1,000 meteors per hour. The peak of the Leonid meteor occurs when the earth passes through the densest part of this debris trail, and typically lasts two-three nights. Seismic instruments left on the surface by the Apollo missions have confirmed Leonid meteor showers striking the surface of the moon. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.

A comet is a rock covered in ice, methane and other compounds. Most meteor showers take the names of the stars from which they originate.

A meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns up.

Keen photographers should bring a wide-angle lens to capture as much of the night sky as possible, should they wish to snap a memento.

If any of these meteorites make it to Earth, it is called A. Meteor.

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