Thursday , October 1 2020

Watch out for the shooting stars! How to see the top shower in the Leonid meteor shower this weekend


Leonidas are among the most spectacular of all the annual meteor showers that illuminate our skies every year.

But this year's heavenly display is a little nicer than usual, though it will still be very nice.

The shower will reach its peak early Sunday and Monday morning (November 17 and 18) between midnight and dawn.

Royal Museums Greenwich, an organization that runs the Royal Observatory, wrote: 'Leonidas are usually one of the most prolific annual meteor showers, with fast, bright meteorites associated with the Tempel-Tutl comet.

'As the comet follows its path around the sun, it leaves a path of tiny debris. Commercial debris enters the atmosphere of our planet at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per second, evaporating and causing strips of light we call meteors. “

Leonid's meteor shower got its name because its shining – the point in the sky from which meteorites look – is within the constellation Leo.

View of Leonid's meteor shower captured near Amman, Jordan (Photo: Reuters)
The Leonid meteor is made up of small fragments estimated from a comet called the Temple Tattoo

There should be between 15 and 20 shooting stars visible every hour, as long as the sky is clear.

Here are Nasa's tips for watching a natural wonder: 'Leonidas are best seen starting at midnight local time. Find an area away from city or street lights.

'Get ready for winter temperatures with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

'Orient your feet to the east, lie flat on your back and look up, catch as many skies as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you will start watching meteors.

'Be patient – the show will dawn so you have plenty of time to watch.'

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