The Leonid meteor shower will shoot fireballs across the sky this week

The Leonid meteor shower will shoot fireballs across the sky this week

Say what you will about 2020, it's been a dazzling year in the night sky, with bright comets and plentiful meteor showers that continue in November with the appearance of the annual Leonids, peaking this week. Generally, meteors are best seen on a cloudless night, with the entire sky visible and when the Moon is not extremely bright.

The best time to watch meteor showers anywhere in the world is from two in the morning until midnight.

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Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern section due to the easterlies, or warm and humid winds coming from the Pacific.

The Leonid shower is produced by the detachment of dust particles and rocks from Comet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle, discovered in 1865, and takes place every year around this time.

The Leonid meteor shower gets its name from its radiant, the point at which the meteors appear to emerge from in the constellation Leo.


Every 33 years, the Leonid meteor shower arrives as a storm of meteors, with more than 1,000 shooting stars an hour.

In 2034, researchers predicted that observers would have the opportunity to witness 2,000 meteors per hour in a "Leonid storm". This is described as a meteor shower. This is the strongest meteor shower of the year with 120 meteors per second.

A comet is a rock covered in ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much further out of the solar system.

A Meteor What astronomers said was a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris ignited.

If any of these meteorites make it to Earth, it is called A. Meteor.

When the comet returns in 2031 and 2064, it's possible there will be meteors in excess of 100 per hour, but it's likely that until then, skywatchers will see roughly 15 shower members per hour, with "perhaps an occasional weak outburst when the earth passes near a debris trail", AMS explained.

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