November 17, 2011

LEONIDS METEOR SHOWER ON 17th AND 18th NOVEMBER


The modest Leonid meteor shower should be most active in the hours before dawn Friday morning. Last-quarter moonlight will interfere somewhat. This shower's parent comet, 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, tends to create narrow concentrated streams that produces brief but prodigious displays — most recently during the late 1990s. But no such luck this year: expect the more typical weak display, with fewer than a dozen meteors per hour radiating from Leo’s Sickle. Lght from a last-quarter Moon won't help.

Leo at 2:20am. The Waning Gibbous Moon is very bright and may ruin the most of joy of watching Leonids


Leonid meteor shower date and timings:
The peak usually occurs around 17 November This time its spread over 2 days. This year Moon will mar the observations but still its worth observing. Details are given below
01:28 IST 17th November and 09:04 IST on 18th November

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