Monday , September 26 2022

Enjoy the rain of Leonid this Friday


The sky will be relocated this weekend: it's the night of Leonid's meteor shower.

Saturday and Sunday, especially at dawn, may be the best time to appreciate them if the weather conditions permit.

There will be some moon, so some meteors will remain unnoticed, but not all.

How much will it be? It's not easy to determine. Leonids surprise surprises with large numbers, but this time they are expected from 10 to 15 hours.

Like almost all meteor showers, it is connected to the comet, Tempel-Tuttle.

When the Earth passes one of the comets' paths in its approach to the Sun, it encounters with the liberated material, the small grains that are what cause the characteristic flare of meteors when they enter the atmosphere and are consumed at high altitudes.

To see them better is in the dark place. Because of the presence of the Moon, you can wait until it is hiding, so the hours before sunrise will be the best.

This rain gets its name from the constellation Leo, the lion, because it gives the impression that it came from there. However, it is not necessary to know the constellation or just look at it.

It is best to lie in a comfortable place and have a better view of the whole sky. You can also see some meteors associated with other rains that are currently less active.

Comet Tempel-Tuttle completes the orbit around the Sun every 33 years and releases the material every time it enters the inner solar system.

In the 19th century, observers expected heavy rain every 33 years. In 1833, say stories, there was a super-storm from Leonid: 100,000 hours.

Between 1866 and 67 there was another heavy rain, but it did not happen in 1899.

It was in 1966, when another big storm appeared, about 40 to 50 per second, more than 2,400 per hour. Shov in 2001, another good rain, thousands of hours per observer in North America and Hawaii.

Although one of these features is not foreseen this time, it will be 10, 15 or something more, with the visibility of a very strong night's wages. So enjoy yourself.

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