Leonids Meteor Shower

Leonids meteor Shower 2019

Leonids Meteor Shower 2019 – As the year is approaching its end, the sky is ready with another celestial show.
About Leonids: Leonids- one of the annual meteor shower which is known to produce most intense meteor storms in history, will be on the peak in the Month of November. The cause for this annual meteor shower is comet Temple – Tuttle.
Parent Comet: Comet Temple- Tuttle is a periodic comet that completes its one orbit around the sun in around 33 years. When it comes near the sun, due to solar winds jets of gases and dust are released which forms the coma and leads to the formation of gas and dust tail.
When our home planet, crosses the path of the comet, due to gravity of Earth dust particles enter into the atmosphere and appears as the shooting stars or meteor shower.
Radiant Point: The point from where the meteor appears to originate in the sky is known as the radiant for that particular meteor shower and maximum meteor showers are named after their radiant point only.
Leonids also got its name in a similar manner as the radiant point for this meteor shower lies in constellation Leo.
Leonids this year: As stated earlier, Leonids are known to produce most intense meteor storms in history and since the 19th century, skywatchers have watched for Leonid Meteor storms about every 33 years which began with the Meteor storm of 1833.
The last meteor storm was observed by skywatchers was in 2001.
So, this year will there be any meteor storm? Well, the answer is NO…
This Leonids meteor shower 2019 will peak on 17-18 November where around 15 meteors per hour at maximum are estimated to be seen. But the gibbous phase of waning moon will affect the view.
How Leonids meteor shower can be observed?
For observing any meteor shower, first, locate the constellation from where the meteors will be radiating (can take help of sky chart or online software) then lie down and keep looking towards the sky but not to look directly towards the radiant.
And the best part is no special instrument like telescope or binoculars is required for the observation.
The best time to observe the Meteor shower will be from midnight to predawn.
So, take out your woolens and get ready to witness the celestial event….

Blog by
Yogesh Kumar Joshi
Sr. Educator

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