Autumn Starfall — Leonids meteor shower

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Autumn meteor shower — a unique cosmic rain will be seen in the night from 17 to 18 November. At this time, will peak Leonid meteor shower, according to "RIA Novosti".

Autumn Starfall — Leonids meteor shower, which began to manifest itself on November 10, is expected to peak on the night of November 18, astronomers predict that at this point in the sky, you will see up to 100 shooting stars per hour, the website of "Astronomy" on Friday.

Leonids can be seen in the sky every year in mid-November, when the Earth passes through a stream of dust particles moving in an orbit generated them Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The name "Leonids" he received because of his radiant — the point in the sky from which, from the point of view of the observer, "fall" meteors — in the constellation Leo.

According to the website, "Tomorrow", the maximum of the flow this year will fall on November 17 21.10 GMT (00.10 MSK 18 November). The moon will be close to the full moon, which will create noise when observing meteor shower. Radiant rises to a comfortable height for observation after midnight. Moonset hours before sunrise, and during that time the conditions for observation are the best.

For Leonid meteors are characterized by rapid white with speed 71 kilometers per second. Leonids were among the powerful meteor relatively recently, in 1990, when the maximum number of up to 75 meteors per hour.

In the late 1990's — early 2000's there was a phenomenal flurry of activity this meteor shower: in 1999, the peak was observed to 3.7 thousands of meteors per hour, then this fantastic record was repeated in 2001. Burst of activity associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle to the Sun. In 2003-2008 Leonid activity decreased to 30-100 meteors per hour, but scientists do not exclude further outbreaks of activity.

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