The Leonid Meteor Shower Seen Last Night

The Leonid Meteor Shower Seen Last Night

November 17 night featured the Leonid Meteor Shower, which is expected to last till November 30.

Generally, a meteor is a flash of light which comes in to picture when meter enter Earth's atmosphere. The Leonids contain many bright meteors that last for several minutes in sky and can be seen by a naked eye.

It is named Leonid as its origin is supposed in constellation Leo. Every year, when the comet Tempel-Tuttle completes its orbit, it is melted by the Sun which causes the shower as its bits fall apart and our atmosphere. Interestingly, Leonids doesn't actually come from Leo, they just appear so. It all a large number of tiny particles of Tempel-Tuttle that orbit around sun.

These meteors are quite fast, moving at a speed of around 40 miles per second and leave smoke behind them. They can be seen as highly radiant bodies in the sky at night.

Earlier in 2002, the shower was actually a `storm' which featured thousands of shooting stars per hour. However, it is confirmed that this year that will not happen as 10 to 15 meteors will be seen per hour.

A report by MSNBC has revealed that peak activity in the event will be seen on Tuesday morning, though the shower will be visible on Monday as well.


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