The peak of the Leonids meteor shower was recorded in the night of Saturday

© Photo : National Board of the USA on Aeronautics and space research procrastinatory flow Leonids. Archive photoThe peak of the Leonids meteor shower was recorded in the night of Saturday© Photo : the National Directorate of the USA on Aeronautics and space research

The peak of the Leonids meteor shower was recorded in the night of November 18, the Moon prevented observations, as only started to grow, the materials published on the website of the International meteor organization.

Peak flow occurred at 19.30 GMT, but, as previously reported in the Moscow planetarium, it’s best to observe the Leonids over Moscow was between midnight and dawn on November 18.

«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. In the Northern hemisphere you will see a drop from about three to eight meteors per hour,» — said earlier the experts of the International meteor organization.

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). She has a core diameter of 4 km and orbits the Sun approximately 33.2 years. Every 33 years the Leonids meteor shower is shed extraordinary meteor rain. This is due to the fact that the comet Tempel-tuttle returns to the Sun every 33 years. The most striking recorded in the history of the Leonid stream came in 1833, when at the same time the witnesses observed in the sky thousands of glowing tracks. Eyewitnesses said that the frequency of meteors in that time hardly inferior to the frequency of snow flakes during the middle of the snow. A powerful meteor shower was also observed in 1966, then every hour in the earth’s atmosphere burn up to 150 thousand meteors.

Comet Tempel-Tutle visited near the Sun for the last time in 1998 and will come back next time only in 2031. The best you can hope for 2030 — it peaks about 15 Leonid meteors per hour and perhaps sometimes weak bursts when the Earth passes near a dense plume of meteoric dust, left from the previous passage of the comet.

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