The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece potamanthidae in the sky that is observed in the Krasnodar region during the meteor shower the Perseids. Archival photoThe peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece the image Bank

Autumn stargazing, meteor shower Leonids will reach this year of maximum activity in the night from Thursday to Friday, the message of the International meteor organization.

«The Leonids are known that made a real meteor storm in 1833, 1866, 1966, 1999 and 2001, but in 2017 a meteor shower is expected. The peak of the brightest meteor shower of autumn will be at the night of November 17. In the Northern hemisphere you will see a drop from about three to eight meteors per hour,» say the astronomers.

Meteors — «shooting stars» occur when the atmosphere consists of and there are burnt particles of cosmic dust. Streams of meteors, usually associated with the passage of the Earth through the dust trails left over from comets. The November meteor shower called «Leonids» because its radiant point in the sky, from which, as it seems to an observer «falling» meteors is in the constellation Leo.

The progenitor of the Leonid — comet Tempel-tuttle (55P/Tempel-Tuttle). In 1998 it passed perihelion — nearest to the Sun point of the orbit. During this period, from the late 1990s to the early 2000s years, there was a phenomenal flurry of activity of this meteor shower in 1999, the maximum was up to 3.7 thousand meteors per hour, then this record was repeated in 2001.

Space news in pictures, October 2017© NASA / JPL-Caltech/Univ. ArizonaМногофункциональная of automatic interplanetary station NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) has obtained images of the deepest valley on the planet — the plains of Hellas. The picture shows the Central part of the largest visible crater in the Solar system, with its dunes and ravines left in the sand during the descent of the blocks of dry ice.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© NASA / JPL-Caltech/Univ. ArizonaМногофункциональная of automatic interplanetary station NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) has obtained images of the deepest valley on the planet — the plains of Hellas. The picture shows the Central part of the largest visible crater in the Solar system, with its dunes and ravines left in the sand during the descent of the blocks of dry ice.© NASA / SDO/Aana the surface of the Sun there was a kind heart magnetic field lines. The outer contour of the shape was «drawn» cold magnetic loops, looking darker, and in the center of the heart was located bright, hot, active area. The size of the figures amounted to about a million kilometers.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© NASA / SDO/Aana the surface of the Sun there was a kind heart magnetic field lines. The outer contour of the shape was «drawn» cold magnetic loops, looking darker, and in the center of the heart was located bright, hot, active area. The shape size was about a million kilometres.© ESA/Hubble & NASAТелескоп the Hubble took a picture of the tarantula nebula – a region of active star formation, which is located in the Large Magellanic cloud, and the Honeycomb nebula. In the picture you can see a long and thin thread of gas, similar to the jet that inspired the discoverers of the object to the name tarantula, and the unusual structure of «bubbles» of cosmic gas and dust that forms the nebula Cell.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© ESA/Hubble & NASAТелескоп the Hubble took a picture of the tarantula nebula – a region of active star formation, which is located in the Large Magellanic cloud, and the Honeycomb nebula. In the picture you can see a long and thin thread of gas, similar to the jet that inspired the discoverers of the object to the name tarantula, and the unusual structure of «bubbles» of cosmic gas and dust that forms the nebula Cell.© Photo : Roscosmos/Sergey Razyskivayut Sergei Ryazansky published a photo of Moorea, located in French Polynesia, which he photographed from the ISS.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© Photo : Roscosmos/Sergey Razyskivayut Sergei Ryazansky published a photo of Moorea, located in French Polynesia, which he photographed from the ISS.© Photo : ESA/Hubble & NASAОрбитальная Observatory «Hubble» has received detailed images of galaxies in the constellation of Cancer, which after a collision scattered into two bright and long tail, consisting of millions of stars.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© Photo : ESA/Hubble & NASAОрбитальная Observatory «Hubble» has received detailed images of galaxies in the constellation of Cancer, which after a collision scattered into two bright and long tail, consisting of millions of stars.© Photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech/AML field, discovered in Aldanskom the region of Mars can be the «key» to explain the origin of life on Earth. Volcanoes and standing water on Mars in ancient times provided the same living conditions that existed at the time on the Ground.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© Photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech/AML field, discovered in Aldanskom the region of Mars can be the «key» to explain the origin of life on Earth. Volcanoes and standing water on Mars in ancient times provided the same living conditions that existed at the time on the Ground.© Photo : Roscosmos/Sergei Ryazanskiy photo cosmonaut Sergei Razankova Land of night in the moonlight, photographed from the ISS.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© Photo : Roscosmos/Sergei Ryazanskiy photo cosmonaut Sergei Razankova Land of night in the moonlight, photographed from the ISS.© ESA/Roscosmos/SaaS-Russian probe «ExoMars-TGO» gave the Ground one of the first color photographs of the Martian clouds obtained by the spacecraft almost immediately after arriving to Mars last fall.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© ESA/Roscosmos/SaaS-Russian probe «ExoMars-TGO» gave the Ground one of the first color photographs of the Martian clouds obtained by the spacecraft almost immediately after arriving to Mars last fall.© NASA / JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDAЗонд Dawn found the first hint of the existence of ice on Ceres, the giant of the ocean, whose waters in the distant past covered a large part of the surface of the dwarf planet.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© NASA / JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDAЗонд Dawn found the first hint of the existence of ice on Ceres, the giant of the ocean, whose waters in the distant past covered a large part of the surface of the dwarf planet.© Photo : ESO/A. Grado & L. LimatolaТелескоп VLT has helped scientists to obtain more detailed photos galaxy NGC 1316, which is often called the «face of God». In the pictures, in addition to the NGC 1316, you can see her nearest neighbor, the spiral galaxy NGC 1317, which looks at us is almost flat, and hundreds of other «star cities» inside a giant cluster of galaxies in the constellation of the Furnace.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© Photo : ESO/A. Grado & L. LimatolaТелескоп VLT has helped scientists to obtain more detailed photos galaxy NGC 1316, which is often called the «face of God». In the pictures, in addition to the NGC 1316, you can see her nearest neighbor, the spiral galaxy NGC 1317, which looks at us is almost flat, and hundreds of other «star cities» inside a giant cluster of galaxies in the constellation of the Furnace.© NASA / JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald EichstädtКамерам Juno probe managed to photograph the giant shadow cast Amalthea, one of the small moons of Jupiter, the surface of the giant planet. Amalthea has an unusual elongated shape, which is reflected in the form of its shadow.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© NASA / JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald EichstädtКамерам Juno probe managed to photograph the giant shadow cast Amalthea, one of the small moons of Jupiter, the surface of the giant planet. Amalthea has an unusual elongated shape, which is reflected in the form of its shadow.© ESA/Hubble & NASA»Hubble» photographed a galaxy-«rekordsmenka» of the star formation rate. Dwarf galaxy ESO 553-46 has no clear structure and visible nucleus, it consists of clusters of small hot stars that are related to each other by gravity.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© ESA/Hubble & NASA»Hubble» photographed a galaxy-«rekordsmenka» of the star formation rate. Dwarf galaxy ESO 553-46 has no clear structure and visible nucleus, it consists of clusters of small hot stars that are related to each other by gravity.© Photo : Roscosmos/Alexander Misurkin Space truck «Progress MS-07», launched at the second attempt to the ISS, the carrier rocket «Soyuz-2.1 a», October 16, docked with the station in automatic mode.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© Photo : Roscosmos/Alexander Misurkin Space truck «Progress MS-07», launched at the second attempt to the ISS, the carrier rocket «Soyuz-2.1 a», October 16, docked with the station in automatic mode.© Photo : Roscosmos/Sergey Razyskivayut Sergei Ryazansky 23 Oct photographed «one of 16 unique sunsets that the ISS crew watching the day».The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© Photo : Roscosmos/Sergey Razyskivayut Sergei Ryazansky 23 Oct photographed «one of 16 unique sunsets that the ISS crew watching the day».© NASA / JPL-Caltech/ASUЗонд Mars Odyssey received the first infrared photographs of Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars, which will help scientists understand when it will eventually fall apart and turn into a giant ring of dust. The picture shows only one half of Phobos, as the second part of it is under the cover of night. The moon’s surface is warming rapidly, that suggests that she covered with a large layer of sand or dust.The peak of the Leonids meteor shower will fall on 17 November© NASA / JPL-Caltech/ASUЗонд Mars Odyssey received the first infrared photographs of Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars, which will help scientists understand when it will eventually fall apart and turn into a giant ring of dust. The picture shows only one half of Phobos, as the second part of it is under the cover of night. The moon’s surface is warming rapidly, that suggests that she covered with a large layer of sand or dust. /

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