Leonid Meteor Shower November 2010?

The annual Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak in the hours just before dawn Wednesday and Thursday in November 2010.

The annual Leonids should be at their best through Nov. 18, according to skywatching experts.
Experts also warn that the meteors tonight will have to contend with a nearly full moon
A bright moon will make it harder for people to see the Leonid Meteor shower.

While there have been rare occurrences when meteor rates reaching tens of thousands have been observed, this year's shower is likely to be far weaker than in previous years, with estimated rates of 15 to 20 per hour, the report said.

Are you going to watch the meteor shower tonight? Why is the meteor shower named Leonid?

asked by Blaze in Astronomy & Space | 2602 views | 11-17-2010 at 06:03 PM

The annual shower lasts from November 10 through the 23rd and peaks before dawn November 17. Unfortunately, Full Moon arrives November 21, so its light will interfere with meteor watching until after midnight.

This is a relatively nice shower to watch. There are usually 20 Ė 30 meteors per hour, so youíll see one every few minutes. Sometimes ó though rarely ó it can peak at much higher rates, but I donít think anything like that is predicted this year.

Leonid meteors appear to fall from the constellation Leo, the lion, but they are not associated with it. They are leftover debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle. As the comet orbits the Sun, it leaves a trail of debris. The Leonids meteors recur each year when Earth passes through the cometís debris trail.

Historically the November Leonids deliver one of the most active of the annual meteor showers. Occasionally the Leonids produce bona fide meteor storms, with rates of a few hundred to thousands of shooting stars an hour during the peak.

answered by Paul | 11-17-2010 at 06:04 PM

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