Sunday, 20 January, 2019


The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here's how to see it.

Считанные часы невероятный звездопад уже ждет украинцев The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here's how to see it.
Kristine Garrett | 13 December, 2018, 20:04

Accuweather reported there may also be a few "stragglers" from last month's Taurids meteor shower, so you could even see a few more meteors than anticipated.

On Saturday, November 17, Ukrainians will be able to witness the meteor shower the Leonids, which to this day reaches its peak, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Apostrophe.

A Leonid meteor - a fragment of Comet Tempel-Tuttle - streaks across the night sky.

If you're willing to courageous some chilly early morning temperatures, you'll have the opportunity to marvel at the bright strokes of cosmic debris from November's Leonid meteor shower, which is at its peak this weekend.

The meteor showers we see from Earth are caused by pieces of cosmic debris burning up as they enter the atmosphere.

It's expected that as many as 15 meteors will be visible each hour.

The bright meteors can also be colorful, and they're fast, moving at 44 miles per second - among the fastest meteors.

Считанные часы невероятный звездопад уже ждет украинцев

What's more, this meteor shower promises a spectacular display.

Once your eyes are adjusted, look up, lie back, and try to take in as much of the sky as possible, keeping in mind that the radiant point for the shower is the constellation Leo.

The Leonid shower should be visible in some parts of the United Kingdom tonight. In 1966, the Leonid shower produced thousands of shooting stars an hour at the peak.

A video of the event captured by a dashboard camera shows an unidentified object flying at high velocity across the sky with a green glare in its wake before disappearing into the abyss.

But on Sunday the skies should generally be clear in the early hours.

Astronomers call for 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak, which happens Saturday night through Sunday morning. If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view.

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