Trubus.id – Saturday (11/17) tonight the earth will be hit by the peak of the Leonid meteor shower. The last time the Leonid meteor showered the earth in 1833. The meteor shower that hit the earth is estimated to have hundreds of meteors per hour.
"Twenty hourly meteors are likely to pass the peak, which makes it more active than the recent Taurid meteor shower," said Dave Samuhel of AccuWeather, as reported by the AccuWeather page, Saturday (11/17).
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According to the American Meteor Society, Leonid indeed often bombards the Earth with a high percentage and is the brightest meteor. This makes it easy to find in the night sky. Then, midnight will be the best time to see Leonid.
"Meteors emanate from the Leo constellation in the northeastern part of the sky," he continued.
Even though, Leonid will emanate from the northeast, people will be able to see meteors appear in all areas of the sky, if weather permits.
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Meanwhile, Space reports if the Leonid meteor shower will indeed decorate the Earth's sky in November every year. This is a reaction from Earth's orbit across the orbit of comet 55R / Tempel-Tuttle.
Comets, also called 'tailed stars', orbit the sun every 33 years, leaving traces of debris, then falling towards the surface of the Earth. Before it hits the Earth's surface, most of the comet debris will burn in the atmosphere.
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