IF you've ever wanted to see a meteor shower, you're in luck – a shooting star display is imminent. The Leonid Meteor Shower hits Earth every November and the celestial event has returned once again. Here's everything you need to know about it... What is the Leonid Meteor Shower? The Leonid Meteor Shower is one of six significant annual meteor showers. A meteor shower occurs when many meteoroids (rocks in space) fall towards the Earth after breaking off a comet - a small, icy object in the Solar System which orbits the sun in an irregular fashion, unlike the Earth's circular orbit. This particular celestial event is called the Leonids because it appears to come from the Leo star constellation. It occurs when the Earth passes through debris which has broken away from the comet Tempel-Tuttle - which has a whopping 33-year orbit around the sun. The best way to watch a meteor shower and spot shooting stars When the Earth passes through the debris, it falls towards our … [Read more...] about When does the Leonid Meteor Shower peak in 2018 and where can I see it in the UK?
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Tech & Science The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Saturday, November 17, with around 10 to 20 shooting stars to appear every hour. The meteors, which will be travelling at around 44 miles per second, will appear as bright, colorful streaks across the night sky. This year’s Leonid meteor shower should be fairly easy to see—weather permitting—as it coincides with a waxing gibbous Moon. This is the point between a first quarter moon and full moon, meaning it will not be particularly bright—the light from a full moon makes it harder to see meteor showers. In an email to Newsweek last month, Bill Cooke, from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said: “The Leonids this year are expected to produce between 10-20 meteors per hour just before dawn on the morning of November 18. Even though the Leonids are faint, the waxing gibbous Moon will set before the radiant gets high enough in the sky to produce decent meteor rates, so there will be no moonlight … [Read more...] about Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: When Is It, Where to Watch and Weather Forecast
The Leonids are one of the best meteor showers skywatchers can catch. Every November, observers can expect peaks of 10 to 15 an hour. Occasionally, the display turns sublime: every 33 years or so, there have been instances of the Leonids producing meteors at a rate of about 1,000 – or more – in an hour. However, this won't happen again until 2034. The 2017 Leonid meteor shower will peak early Friday, Nov. 17, at 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT). One day later, on Saturday, Nov. 18, the moon will be in its "new" phase, making it extra dark for spotting meteors. Our columnist Joe Rao tells you what to expect. See our full guide here: Leonid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Month The particles appear to emanate from the constellation Leo in the Northern Hemisphere. The source of the meteor shower is Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which is falling apart as it makes periodic runs around the sun and its ices melt from the heat. As Earth runs into the vast number of … [Read more...] about Leonid Meteor Shower: Bright Fireballs in November
Next week, the fickle Leonid meteor shower hits Earth once again. This annual meteor shower, which peaks overnight on Nov 17-18, is responsible for some of the most intense meteor storms in history. Sometimes, meteors fall at rates as high as 50,000 per hour. These storms only happen rarely; viewers this year will see few meteors outshined by a bright moon. The best time to look in past years was before dawn around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT) on the night of the peak, according to Jane Houston Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. [Top 10 Leonid Meteor Shower Facts] When to see them The Leonid meteor shower peaks on the night of Saturday, Nov. 17, and early the following morning. Skywatchers may be able to see some meteors on days just before and after the peak, although the moon will continue to obstruct views. According to the American Meteor Society, skywatchers can expect to see around 15 meteors per hour this year. [Most Amazing Leonid Meteor Shower Photos] Where … [Read more...] about Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It
Tech & ScienceStargazers are in for a treat over the next four weeks, with October’s full "Hunter’s Moon" and the Leonid meteor shower appearing in the night sky.The full moon will appear on October 24. It is known as the Hunter’s moon because this would have been the time people went out hunting by moonlight in order to stockpile food for winter.According to EarthSky, this year’s Hunter’s moon is a little unusual. Because of the angle at which it is positioned, it will appear later in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere than normal—approximately 50 minutes late. Conversely, it will appear before sunset in the Southern Hemisphere.At the same time as the full moon, Uranus will appear in the night sky. While the glare from the moon will block it to an extent, it might be possible to see the seventh planet from the Sun at the same time. Stock image: Birds fly in front of a full moon. Getty Images After this, the new moon will … [Read more...] about Full Hunter’s Moon 2018: See October’s Full Moon Ahead of Leonid Meteor Shower