A Detailed Look during a Leonids Meteor Shower Which Peaks This Week
11/15/2015 6:00:46 PM
The Leonids meteor showering is already underway. The showering peaks Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. 20 meteors per hour are approaching by a peak, that creates it some-more active than a new Taurid shower.
The meteors illuminate from a Leo constellation in a northeastern partial of a sky. The eager indicate will be top in a sky after midnight. This year will underline good observation conditions as a moon (nearly during initial quarter) sets before midnight. But, a continue will chuck us some-more than a few curveballs.
This is a cloud cover forecast
A critical charge will be impacting a nation with complicated sleet and even some sleet Tuesday night. Read a sum on a charge here.
Again don’t wait until Tuesday night to demeanour for a meteors! The rise of a Leonids is not as critical this year as it has been in years past when a showering is really active. Look tonight for some!
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History of a Leonids
The Leonids have an extraordinary history. The primogenitor comet (55P/Tempel-Tuttle) creates sincerely visit passes by a middle solar system. This lays out uninformed waste in a route of a Earth’s circuit each 33 years.
This showering has incited into a distracted meteor charge in a past. In fact, we could stay that a Leonids have constructed a many considerable shows in available history. The years of extended activity have been flattering good distributed in advance. But, a bad news is that a “storm” is not approaching with a 2015 Leonids.
It is not indispensably a uninformed thoroughfare of Comet 55P/Tempel Tuttle that sets a theatre for a meteor storm. But, it is a steady thoroughfare over a same areas that leaves an additional thick cloud of waste for a Earth to pass through. Lets take a demeanour during some of a ancestral meteor charge years for a Leonids.
I privately witnessed a many new storm. It was 2001, my initial year operative for AccuWeather.com. we got off of work around 3AM, and headed outward to watch for meteors. we was repelled with how active it was. we celebrated what seemed to be several meteors during once in a sky all night log. But, a 2001 uncover pales in comparison to 1966 and 1833.
In 1966, a Leonids constructed one of a many considerable shows of all time. The many considerable arrangement was opposite a Western U.S. Here is a quote from a space.com essay about that night.
Perhaps a best views were from California and Arizona. At a Table Mountain Observatory, nearby Wrightwood, Calif., one proprietor astronomer commented that he and a colleague, ” … watched a sleet of meteors, spin into a accost of meteors and finally a charge of meteors, too countless to count by 3:50 a.m. Pacific Time. Instinctively, we sought to defense a upturned faces from illusory astronomical debris.”
From 6,850-foot Kitt Peak in southern Arizona, thirteen pledge astronomers were perplexing to theory how many could be seen by a brush of their heads in one second. The accord of a organisation was that a rise occurred during 4:54 a.m. Mountain Time, when a towering rate of 40 per second (144,000 per hour) was reached!
The Leonids charge of 1833 was substantially a a many heated meteor charge in available history. Here is an comment of a event.
A famous depiction of a 1833 meteor storm, constructed in 1889 for a Seventh-day Adventist book Bible Readings for a Home Circle via a Wikipedia Leonids page.
“On a night of Nov 12-13, 1833, a sirocco of descending stars pennyless over a Earth… The sky was scored in each instruction with resplendent marks and splendid with stately fireballs. At Boston, a magnitude of meteors was estimated to be about half that of flakes of sleet in an normal snowstorm. Their numbers… were utterly over counting; though as it waned, a tab was attempted, from that it was computed, on a basement of that much-diminished rate, that 240,000 contingency have been manifest during a 9 hours they continued to fall.” – Agnes Clerke’s, Victorian Astronomy Writer. This and other Leonid meteor storms are recounted here.
The Leonids might have constructed other “storms” before 1833. The initial accounts of a Leonid meteor charge was from Chinese astronomers in what is now Egypt and Italy.
Unfortunately, a vital meteor charge is not approaching during a subsequent thoroughfare of a comet in 2034. Jupiter is approaching to somewhat change a lane of a comet, definition it will take a few some-more passes to build adult a thick patch of debris. So, we are out of fitness until a 22nd century.
You might notice that Leonid meteors zip opposite a sky. Particles will strike a Earth’s atmosphere during 71 kilometers per second or 44 miles per second. (the Taurids are “slower” relocating during 30 km/s) Like a Taurids, a Leonid meteors should be bright. They are also know to have a high commission of determined trains, that is a route left in a arise of some meteors. Read some-more about meteor trains in a good essay from Discovery Magazine.