The fast-moving Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend, with good chances to see them in the predawn hours on Saturday,…
The fast-moving Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend, with good chances to see them in the predawn hours on Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. Weather conditions in New Hampshire might just work for the annual show. The forecast for over the next few hours calls for cloudy to partly cloudy skies.
Most experts say the best chance to see the shooting stars was around 3 a.m. Saturday, because the moon will set shortly after midnight in most of the world, but early Sunday morning will work too. The Leonids typically produces between 1
0 and 15 meteors an hour. The moon sets around 12:35 a.m. on the east coast. To find out the exact time the moon sets where you live, go here.
The meteors can be colorful and produce fireballs – that’s brighter, bigger meteors that can leave colorful trails. And did we mention they’re fast? They zip across the sky at about 44 miles per second, making them among the fastest meteors.
In some years, the Leonid meteor shower produces outbursts, but this is not likely to be one of them, according to Earthsky.org. In sommige jaren produceren ze tot 1.000 meteoren per uur. The last time that happened was in 2001.
The Leonids, which are associated with the comet Temple-Tuttle, get their name from the constellation Leo the Lion and will come from the stars that make up Leo’s mane. Og selvom de stråler fra den delen av skyen, er det ikke nødvendig å lokalisere den konstellation. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to see them from any part of the sky.
But if you want to locate Leo the Lion, look at the eastern horizon.
The Geminid meteor is left before the calendar turns over until 2019.
The Geminid Meteor (19659002) is in the sky after midnight, and when it reaches the highest point, the most meteors will be visible. shower, which originates from the constellation Gemini, is typically the best of the year, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors an hour at its peak on Dec. 13-14. The shower runs from Dec. 7-17, and is produced by debris left behind by the asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, discovered in 1982. Viewing conditions should be excellent because the first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies. The peak viewing times are in the early morning hours, but the Geminids are also active before midnight.
The year’s final meteor shower is a minor one, and it’s often overlooked. The Ursides meteor shower, which runs Dec. 17-25 and peaks Dec. 21-22, produces about 5 to 10 meteors per hour, although occasional outbursts have produced 25 or more an hour. A full moon will wash out all but the brightest, however. The Ursids originate from the constellation Ursa Minor, and are produced by dust grains left behind by the comet Tuttle discovered in 1790. The best viewing times are after midnight.
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