Leonid's meteor shower will fill the sky with 15 shooting stars per hour this weekend – but a bright moon could catch the eye of the starfish around the world
- A meteor shower is created when the Earth passes through the tail of the comet
- Leonid's Parenting Comet Shows 2.23 Miles Through The Tempel-Tuttle
- You should be able to see about 15 meteors per hour if the sky is clear
- NASA says the best view of the shower is just after midnight local time
Look up in the sky this weekend for a chance to spot a shooting star as Leonid's meteor comes to the top of the annual show.
Known for their brightness and color, Leonids have some of the fastest moving rock on any shower, traveling at 44 miles per second.
Thee has fewer meteorites visible in the sky than in previous showers, due to natural light pollution from the bright glowing weak – or nearly full moon
Darts should still see about 14 or 15 meteors per hour if the sky is clear.
Views improve when the comet Tempel-Tutl, which takes 33 years to orbit the sun, is closer to Earth, a phenomenon that has been around for about 15 years.
The show is best seen after midnight, and if you want to take photos NASA recommends using wide-angle lenses to get the most out of the sky.
The space agency says the best way to view the show is to find an area far from the street lights, dress warmly and lie flat with your feet to the east.
The Metropolitan Cabinet says most of the UK will be cloud-covered when the Leonids reach their peak Saturday night on Sunday morning.
Forecasters say the best places to watch the shower in the UK are the Shetland Islands and England's southern Easterland, although there is little chance of fog.
Meteor shower Leonid gets its name from its luster, the point from which meteors emerge from the Lion Star (photo exchange)
The Leonid meteor shower is visible all over the world, but is best seen in areas with low light pollution such as the Azrac desert in Jordan, pictured.
Many people across North America will have clear conditions on Saturday evenings, allowing a smooth view of the Leonids, according to forecasts by AquiWater.
This includes areas off the Gulf Coast through the Ohio Valley and into Atlantic Canada, as well as the southwest and midwest.
WHEN DIFFERENT METEOR PLAYERS
There are eight regular meteor showers throughout the year.
They vary in size, hourly meteors and visibility.
It is expected to have about 20 shooting stars visible every hour in the Orionid meteor reaches its peak in the UK (Stock Exchange)
- January – Quarantine
- April – Lyrids
- May – Eta Aquarius
- July – Delta Aquarius
- August – Perseids
- October – Orionides
- November – Leonid
- December – Gemini
Shooter stars travel at about 45 miles per second (72 km / s) and leave about half of them visible trains that sometimes take seconds.
Shower Leonid appears when meteorites, small rocks fall to Earth after breaking away from the Tempel-Tutl comet.
These burn and evaporate before they hit the surface of the Earth – causing a series of hot air that we see as a shooting star.
Screenings are better when the comet Tempel-Tutl, which has been orbiting the sun for 33 years, is closer to Earth, a phenomenon that has been around for 15 years.
Because meteorites that create a meteor shower all move along a parallel path and at the same speed, they appear to originate from one point in the sky to Earth observers, known as radiation.
Meteor shower Leonid gets its name from its luster, the point from which meteors emerge from the Lion Star.
Every 33 years, Leonid's meteor shower arrives as a meteor shower, with more than 1,000 shooting arrows per hour.
In 2034, researchers predict that observers will have a chance to witness 2,000 meteors per hour in the "Leonid storm".
The next big meteor shower in the sky will be Gemini in mid-December. This is the strongest meteor shower in the year with 120 meteors per second.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPACE RINGS?
Ann asteroid is a large piece of rock left over from collisions or an early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.
A. comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them far beyond the solar system.
A. meteor is what astronomers call flashes of light in the atmosphere when debris burns.
These residues themselves are known as a meteoroid. Most are so small that they evaporate into the atmosphere.
If any of this meteorite reaches Earth, it is called a meteorite.
Meteors, meteorites and meteorites usually originate from asteroids and comets.
For example, if the Earth passes through the tail of the comet, much of the debris will burn in the atmosphere, forming a meteor shower.