Leonids meteor shower set for climax: How to see shooting stars

Katie Ramirez
November 17, 2020

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaked the evening of Aug. 11 into the morning of Aug. 12, but it will be active until Aug. 24 and continues to send astrophotographers out into the night to see what they can capture, often with remarkable results.

The Temple-Total comet, which takes 33 years to orbit the Sun, is close to Earth, an event that occurs over a period of about 15 years.

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

On Monday, November 16, the Leonids meteor shower will see its peak.

This year is set to be a fairly civilised affair, with a mere 15 per hour, as the Earth moves through the debris stream of the comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Find the open area with a wide view of the sky and don't forget to compile. if you like Photo Leonid meteor shower, NASA advises to use manual focus camera on tripod with shutter output cable or built-in timer, fitted with wide angle lens.

Meteor showers are more visible on cloudless and moonless nights, under less polluted conditions.

AMS also notes that the Leonids overlaps with the Northern Taurids meteor shower, which peaked on November 11-12. Leonids travel at speeds of about 71 kilometres per second and are considered to be some of the fastest meteors out there.

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Other meteor showers this year include the Geminds and Ursids, both expected in December.

The meteorite gets its name from the constellation Leo the Lion, as it comes from the stars that make up the lion's mane. It cited NASA as saying that in a year, as many as 30 meteor showers observable from the Earth can occur.

The last Leonid meteor storm happened in 2002, according to the space agency.

An asteroid is a large chunk of rock left over from collisions or the early solar system.

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

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

Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites normally originate from asteroids and comets.

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