Wednesday , March 29 2023

The famous, but terrible meteor shower Leonid is waiting for the weekend


If it is mid-November, there must be a time for the meteor shower Leonid to break the night sky over the northern hemisphere.

This spectacular, spectacular and spectacular annual spectacle results from the fact that Earth is moving through the remnants of the Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which comes around these parts of our solar system every 33.3 years while orbiting our sun.

Although the Leonids (so called because the radiant shower appears to be in the Leo constellation, although they can be seen anywhere in the sky) certainly produce about 10-15 meteors per hour, sometimes displaying an orbiting and dizzying display of a storm of meteorites. In the past, this has led to an estimate of 3,000 meteors per minute.

A 1997 view of Leonid Meteor Shower.

One of the most famous storms, in 1833, produced around 100,000 meteors per hour and helped launch modern meteor surveys. (The image above, an 1889 engraving by Adolf Vollmy – based on a painting by the Swiss artist Karl Jauslin, which was based on a person's first account – shows the storm that was visible in most of North America. ) Subsequent storms seemed to happen at the same time as the orbital period of the comet, or approximately every 33 years, probably coinciding with a poor amount of sand and pea particles that would burn while they were dragged into the atmosphere of our planet and provided celestial fireworks.

This was not always the case, but experts say it will not be a year of storm.

The peak days for Leonids are the morning of November 17 and 18 (that is Friday night / Saturday morning and Saturday evening / Sunday morning). And although the weather in Vancouver seems to work for the weekend, with clear and variable sky, the moonlight will mudder the weaker meteors. Therefore, the best bet to see the meteors is not to stay until midnight and to compete with both the city light and the moon, but sleep early and get up at 3 am, as the moon sets and look to the morning light flood the sky.

Then take a nap.

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