Leonid m shower top this week

Eloise Marshall
November 17, 2020

After weeks of cloudy skies due to recent typhoons, the public will be treated to one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year as it dazzles the night sky on Wednesday (November 17).

The website timeanddate.com has details on when the meteor shower will be visible around the world.

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

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.

NASA says the best way to see a shower is to find a place far away from street lights, wear warmer clothing and keep your feet flat to the east. As the comet moves along its path, deviating slightly with each orbit, it leaves a trail of debris that spreads out in space.

A comet is a rock covered in ice, methane and other compounds.

For example, if the Earth passes through the comet's tail, most of the debris will burn up in the atmosphere and form a meteor shower. This is described as a meteor shower. This is the strongest meteor shower of the year with 120 meteors per second.

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

These ignite and evaporate before hitting the earth's crust - creating a stream of hot air that we see as a shooting star.

Leonids have also impacted the moon, which lacks a protective atmosphere.

To see the Leonid Meteor Shower you don't need any instruments like binoculars or telescopes. First visual observations made from earth had confirmed this phenomenon in 1999.

Every 33 years, the Leonid meteor shower arrives as a storm of meteors, with more than 1,000 shooting stars an hour. The Northern Tarits are also known for their fireballs, meaning that if you see a fireball or two it may have originated from that rain. The Geminids and Ursids will be visible next month.

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