How to see the 2020 Leonid Meteor Shower today

How to see the 2020 Leonid Meteor Shower today

In 2020, the Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak on the morning of 17 November.

However, approximately every 33 years, viewers on Earth may experience a Leonid storm that can peak with hundreds to thousands of meteors seen per hour depending on the location.

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.

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. Chances of an impressive viewing are higher in locations far away from the lights of cities.

The origin of the shower, called the "radiant", is in the constellation Leo the Lion.

The Leonid meteor shower happens as a result of the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which has a 33-year orbit around the sun.

In 2009, the shower delivered 500 shooting stars every hour, and the next intense shower is predicted in 13 years time. Fireballs and "Gerager" alt are also a feature of the Leonid shower.

A meteor forms when a meteoroid, a type of space rock that breaks off from an asteroid - a rocky body orbiting the sun - enters Earth's atmosphere.

Bill Cooke of NASA said in a guide to watching the Leonids, 'Go outside, find a dark sky, lie flat on your back and look straight up, and be prepared to spend a couple of hours outside'.

According to a report in CNN, the Leonid meteor shower overlaps with the Northern Taurid meteor shower and so some meteors from that shower may be visible as well, The Northern Taurids appear as fireballs in the sky. Although such an incident has previously been linked to the Leonid Meat Shower, the last storm occurred in 2001.

The next big meteor shower in the sky will be Geminids in mid-December.

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

Leonidas's body, the weak Comet Temple-Tuttle, will cross the Earth's orbit, creating a vapor of debris in the atmosphere.

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