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Leonids Meteor Shower | 2019

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November’s wonderful Leonid meteor shower happens every year around November 17 or 18, as the world crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. In 2019, the peak of the shower is expected to be from midnight to dawn on Monday, November 18.

The expected peak morning is Monday, November 18. That’s the morning (not the evening) of November 18. However, a waning gibbous moon will light up the morning sky this year, to obtrude on this year’s Leonid meteor shower. In a dark sky, absent of moonlight, you can see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.

2019 Leonids Meteor Shower
Peak: November 17 or 18, 2019
Very Early Morning Everywhere
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The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen.

Will the Leonids produce a meteor storm in 2019? No. Not this year. Most astronomers say you need more than 1,000 meteors an hour to consider a shower as a storm. That’s a far cry from the 10 to 15 meteors per hour predicted for this year. Still, seeing even one bright meteor can make your night.

Source: EarthSky


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