Leonid meteor shower : watch out for celestial fireworks till Nov. 21 !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 18, 2008

In Brief : It's the Leonid meteor shower time again...keep sky-gazing till Nov. 21...you might be lucky !!
The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle.
The Leonids get their name from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo: the
meteors appear to stream from that point in the sky.
The Leonids generally begin on November 13 and end on November 21, with maximum generally occurring during the night of Novemer 17/18.
Observers are generally treated to displays of about 10 meteors per hour on the night of
About every 33 years, the Leonids enter a phase of enhanced activity that accompanies the
return of its parent comet. During these periods, rates can amount to hundreds and even
thousands of meteors per hour. The last such enhanced period occurred during the period of
1998-2002 and the Leonids have been winding down ever since.


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