Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Between Midnight And Dawn On November 18

Posted: Nov 17 2015, 6:13am CST | by , Updated: Nov 17 2015, 8:43pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight
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The Leonid meteor shower is at its ultimate in matters of display nowadays. Those wishing to take a gander can do so by gazing into the night sky.

The weather conditions in New England are just ideal for observers who want to see the Leonid meteor shower. The highest incidence of meteors shooting across the night sky will be between dusk and dawn of November 18th.

This meteor shower is a common phenomenon that occurs on an annual basis. When the earth is on a path that intersects with flotsam and jetsam from the comet termed Tempel-Tuttle, this meteor frenzy is the result.  

The Slooh community has seen to it that telescopes that photograph the phenomenon are in synch with the Internet and provide live coverage of the anticipated event. And there is a surprise for us humans in it somewhere.

Every 33 odd years, the meteors manifest themselves in such extreme numbers that the sky gets virtually lit up beyond recognition. Hundreds of thousands of meteors appear on the horizon and azimuth every hour. It is indeed a display sequence to watch open-eyed in amazement. 

This year though a meteor storm is hardly likely to take place. The last time such an occurrence took place was in 1966, according to AccuWeather.com. Now, the meteor appearance rate is about 15 per hourly basis. The view will be clear from most vantage points around the world. Especially in the Northern Hemisphere, the meteor shower will be at its most lucid.

After midnight the sky will be a screen that will display the astronomical artworks that only Mother Nature could manage to generate on a daily basis. The moon will furthermore vanish in the nick of time thereby providing a clean and spotless sky which would be all the better to view the meteor shower.    

Those enthusiasts who will not get a chance to spend their time stargazing will be able to view the whole panoramic scenario on the Internet thanks to the Slooh community. However, the only snag which has come up is the appearance of a storm across America which might dull the view.

The dark clouds that will consequently show up might ruin the chances of taking in the live display in all its beauty. The view from Southern California will be much more visible. The Leonid meteor shower really amazed and amused the world in 1833 when the natural fireworks in the sky were at the height of their classic elegance.  

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