The Leonid Meteor Shower occurs each year in the mid of November, when the planet earth intersects the orbit of Comet 55P/Tempel – Tuttleet. Likewise, this year also the Leonid Meteor will be lighting up the night skies with picturesque star shooting spectacle peaking this week.
Comet 55P/Tempel – Tuttleet bestrews its orbit along with the bits of dross, like other comets. The event takes place when this cometary dross enters into earth’s atmosphere and starts vaporizing, which then rains the Leonid meteors.
Similarly, the wonderful shower of the Leonid Meteor is expected to peak the midnight of Friday, 17th November to the dawn of Saturday, 18th November, this year. Moreover, the best thing is that there will be no moon to invade the Leonid meteor showers.
During the last huge storm, occurred in 2002, over 3000 meteors knocked down to the earth just in an hour. Since, the root of mythical status of the Leonid meteor among the yearly falls was 1833 storms with the count was as high as around 72,000 stars shooting in a night.
NASA stated that, “You should not look only to the constellation of Leo to view the Leonids – they are visible throughout the night sky. It is actually better to view the Leonids away from the radiant: They will appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective. If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short – this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening. They are also fast: Leonids travel at speeds of 71 km (44 miles) per second, and are considered to be some of the fastest meteors out there.”