What is the Leonid meteor shower and what is the best way to see a meteor shower?
Team Udayavani, Nov 17, 2020, 2:14 PM IST
Leonid meteor shower is active from about November 6 to 30 each year. It will reach their peak in India on November 17 and 18
The shower is called Leonids because its radiant, or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.
The Leonids emerge from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which requires 33 years to revolve once around the Sun. These meteors are bright and among the fastest moving, travelling at speeds of 71 km per second.
According to NASA, Leonids are also known for their fireballs and earthgrazer meteors. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of cometary material. Fireballs are also brighter, with magnitudes brighter than -3. Earthgrazers are meteors that streak close to the horizon and are known for their long and colorful tails.
Best way to see a meteor shower
Find a secluded viewing spot, away from the city lights. Once at the venue, your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.
Meteors are best seen on a cloudless night, when the entire sky is visible, and when the Moon is not extremely bright. Chances of a successful viewing are higher from locations far away from the lights of cities.
Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.
New COVID-19 guidelines for states issued; to be effective from Dec 1
Siddaramaiah slams Yediyurappa govt over appointments to statutory bodies
More than 400 appear for online language test in Tulu script
Related Articles More
Twitter to bring back ‘blue tick’ in early 2021
Sweden getting on board India’s Venus mission with payload to explore planet
Covid-19 survives on surfaces within thin films, according to researchers at IIT Bombay
Twitter working on warning users trying to like misleading posts: Report
Researchers from Scotland and India get funds to study coastal sustainability in India
Centuries-old Tuluva ritual of ‘Bhoomipuje Gaddekori’ still performed at Palthadi Village in Puttur
A bike rider dies in a lorry crash : The scene of the accident was captured on CCTV
Moodbidri: Four people drowned in Shambhavi river
1348 new vented dams in K’taka’s coastal districts: J.C. Madhu Swamy
Karavali gets introduced to Japanese ‘kokedama’ art
Iran diplomat on trial in France over plot to bomb opponents
Cabinet approves MoU between BRICS nations on sports and physical culture
Eswarappa demands Centre allocate Rs 1,300 cr, more MNREGA man-days in K’taka
Centre asks states to take steps to reopen medical colleges from or before Dec 1
PDP youth wing leader Parra arrested by NIA in connection with terror case