Meteor shower on November 17, 18

Meteor shower will be another natures Deepavali in the sky

Accrding to a press release by Dr A P Bhat, Co-ordinator of Poornaprajna Amateur Astronomers Club (PAAC) of Poornaprajna College, the meteor shower will be another nature’s Deepavali in the sky. Observers normally can see 20 to 30 meteors per hour at the peak, but rates may be 100 meteors per hour this year and this can be observed across Asia.

According to the calculations, peak may be on the night of November 18 at 3 am. This meteor shower arises because earth is passing through heavy debris trails left by the comet Temple-Tuttle. It is called Leonid because we feel that it is coming from Leo constellation, the release stated.  “When particles of inter planetary or rocky fragments enter earth’s atmosphere, they burn up at a height of nearly 50 km above earth surface leaving behind short lived bright trails. These can be seen in any part of the sky at any time of the year. But especially spectacular are meteor showers, these bursts of meteors occur at specific times of the year in well defined locations of the sky. They are believed to be the remains of broken up comets that burns up as they cross earth in orbit around the Sun. There are 10 main meteor showers in a year in which Leonid is on November 17 every year,” the release informed.

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