Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes captured this shot of Leonid meteors over a
house in New Jersey in 2012.
The 2015 Leonids will peak overnight
Nov.
17-18.By Mike WallOne of the year"s most anticipated meteor showers peaks
this week.
The Leonid meteor shower will reach its maximum overnight Tuesday
into Wednesday (Nov.
17 to Nov.
18), giving skywatchers the chance to see some
brilliant "shooting stars." However, though the Leonids have put on some
amazing displays in the past, this year"s show will likely be on the subdued
side.
The Leonids are so named because the meteors appear to originate from
the constellation Leo (the Lion).
But Leonid meteors can appear anywhere in
the night sky, so don"t worry too much about picking out that star pattern;
just go outside in the predawn hours Wednesday morning and look up."If your
view is marred by clouds or light pollution, don"t fret; you can still watch
the Leonids online.
The Slooh Community Observatory is hosting a Leonids
webcast Tuesday at 8 p.m.
EST (01:00 GMT Wednesday) featuring live shots from
five different countries on four continents; you can watch the webcast
directly via Slooh, or at Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.Related:"Meteor Shower
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shooting Stars?Leonid meteors are the fastest
shooting stars, hitting Earth"s atmosphere at about 162,000 mph (261,000
km/h), according to Space.com skywatching columnist Joe Rao — so the
shower can produce spectacular and memorable fireballs.The moon will set at
about 10 p.m.
local time Tuesday night, making for favorable viewing
conditions.
But there"s another issue that will tamp down the Leonids this
year, Rao noted.The Leonids result when Earth plows through a trail of debris
shed by Comet Tempel-Tuttle.
The comet is now just about as far from the sun
as it gets during its roughly 33-year orbit, so there"s not a lot of debris
for Earth to hit, Rao said.
(The highest concentrations of shed dust and gas
tend to be near the comet as it orbits the sun.)Related: This Couple Built a
Meteorite Museum int he Middle of the Desert — and It"s AwesomeSo,
although some previous Leonid showers have produced tens of thousands of
meteors per hour (in breathtaking events known as "meteor storms"), viewers
should expect at most 10 to 20 per hour this year.Another renowned meteor
display is just around the corner: The Geminids, one of the most reliable and
productive of the annual showers, will peak overnight on Dec.
13 to
Dec.
14.Editor"s note: If you capture an amazing photo of a Leonid meteor or
any other night sky sight and would like to share it with Space.com and its
news partners for a possible story or image gallery, send images and photos
to: spacephotos@space.com.
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Abroad.Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes captured this shot of Leonid meteors over
a house in New Jersey in 2012.
The 2015 Leonids will peak overnight
Nov.
17-18.
By Mike Wall One of the year's most anticipated meteor showers
peaks this week.
The Leonid meteor shower will reach its maximum overnight
Tuesday into Wednesday (Nov.
17 to Nov.
18), giving skywatchers the chance to
see some brilliant "shooting stars." However, though the Leonids have put
on some amazing displays in the past, this year's show will likely be on the
subdued side..Fish, Ram, Triangle and More In November 2015 Skywatching |
VideoMost Amazing Leonid Meteor Shower PhotosLeonid Meteors Flash Over Ohio |
VideoLet World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad
Abroad.Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes captured this shot of Leonid meteors over
a house in New Jersey in 2012.
The 2015 Leonids will peak overnight
Nov.
17-18.
By Mike Wall One of the year's most anticipated meteor showers
peaks this week.
The Leonid meteor shower will reach its maximum overnight
Tuesday into Wednesday (Nov.
17 to Nov.
18), giving skywatchers the chance to
see some brilliant "shooting stars." However, though the Leonids have put
on some amazing displays in the past, this year's show will likely be on the
subdued side.

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