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Leonid meteorregn 2018: When, where and how to look

2018 Leonid Meteor Rain will peak tonight November 17th, until morning on Sunday, November 18th. Leonids is a popular stop…

2018 Leonid Meteor Rain will peak tonight November 17th, until morning on Sunday, November 18th.

Leonids is a popular stop on the annual meteor shower calendar. Although meteor shower in November has produced storms of hundreds of meteors per hour, this year’s event must produce about 10-15 per hour.

Here are some details and tips:

Seeing

You can maximize your chances of seeing meteors between midnight and dawn, and it’s best after moonset when the sky is darkest (the moon sets around at 1:30 am Sunday).

Where to See

The meteors appear emanating from the constellation Leo, but you can see almost anywhere in the sky.

] Where to be

Wherever you are, is more important than where you look at the sky. The less artificial light, the better, so in the country, a mountain peak or an open field is better than city centers and suburbs.

But if you are in a city and its surroundings, it’s still worth taking a look

When do you get out of city, do not forget to take the gear to keep warm. Coming from the litter of Comet Temple-Tuttle, which circles the sun every 33 years.

Fireballs and earthgrazers

Although they are not redundant, Leonids can be spectacular.

According to NASA:

“Leonids are also known for their fireballs and earthgrazer meteors. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can last longer than an average meteor stretch.” Fireballs are derived from larger particles of cometic material. lighter, with magnitudes lighter than -3. Earthgrazers are meteors that extend close to the horizon and are known for their long and colorful tails. “

More about Leonids

These places have more information about tonight’s Leonid Meteorregn:

NASA.gov ->

Space.com ->

EarthSky.org ->

timanddate.com ->

American Meteor Society ->

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