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Leonid meteor shower to light up the sky in November
ByHarshal 17 Nov 2020 11:01 AM 76

The skygazers got a treat when two meteors showered last month in October. In November, it is expected that Leonid meteor shower will return and light up the sky.

The American Meteor Society wrote on its website, "The Leonids will next peak on the Nov 16-17, 2020 night, the moon will be 5% full, making it easier to see from both hemispheres."


This shower results from the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which has a 33-year orbit around the sun. The meteor shower is "debris from earlier returns that also happen to be most dense simultaneously," the society website added.

AMS also notes that the Leonids overlap with the Northern Taurids meteor shower, which peaked on Nov. 11-12.

When the comet returns in 2031 and 2064, there is a possibility that the meteors will shower more than 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."

NASA added, "This shower is called the Leonid shower because the meteors seem to come from a point in the constellation Leo."

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