Leonid Meteor Shower Will Shoot Fireballs Across the Sky This Week

The Leonid meteor shower will shoot fireballs across the sky this week

Leonid meteor shower will peak TONIGHT with up to 20 shooting stars an hour

More info on the 2020 Leonid Meteor Shower can be found below.

You will want to look at the lion for the best chance of spotting meteors, although they can appear at any time in the night sky.

Meteors can be harder to see when there is a bright moon, but fortunately the moon will only be 5 percent visible, according to the American Meteor Society. The clear conditions are ideal for viewing meteor showers. In 2020, the waxing crescent moon will set in early evening and with a dark sky, one can see up to 10-15 meteors per hour at the peak.

The United States should have mostly clear skies at peak times except for a few storms along the west coast of the country.

The shooting stars travel at around 45 miles per second (72km/s) and around half of them leave visible trains that sometimes linger for seconds after.

At present, the Leonid, Northern Taurid and Southern Taurid meteor showers are active, while the rest of the year will witness the Geminid meteor shower occurring between December 4 and 20, and the Ursid meteor shower taking place between December 17 and 26, the report stated.

And this is the process responsible for the streaks of ultra-hot air seen from Earth as shooting stars.

For the uninformed, the Leonids emerge from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which requires 33 years to revolve once around the Sun. Because the Leonid Meter Shower Meter will be more visible in North Godhar, it will also be visible to the naked eye in India.

While 15 noticeable showers an hour is a ton of movement, the current year's shower will be agreeable contrasted with those from 2001 and 2002, when thousands were visible, concurring Space.com.

The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo the Lion, as the meteors will be coming from the stars that make up the lion's mane. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt. "But scientists know that meteors are not stars at all - they are just bits of rock!"

A meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns up.

Leonid debris particles are very small and easily disintegrate even in the high upper atmosphere.

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