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Leonids Meteor Shower

When:
November 17, 2013 all-day America/Chicago Timezone
2013-11-17T00:00:00-06:00
2013-11-18T00:00:00-06:00
Leonids Meteor Shower

The Leonid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity. Some meteors will be visible each night from 15 Nov to 20 Nov, but the best show will be on this evening. The maximum number of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 20 per hour (ZHR). The Moon will be 15 days old at the time of peak activity, and being so close to Full Moon, will severely limit the observations that will be possible. Man, the moon won’t give us a break for meteor showers in 2013…

Radiating from the constellation Leo the Lion, the Leonid meteor shower is famous. Historically, this shower has produced some of the greatest meteor storms in history ��� at least one in living memory, 1966 ��� with rates as high as many thousands of meteors per hour. Indeed, on that beautiful night in 1966, the meteors did fall like rain. Some who watched the shower said they felt as if they needed to grip the ground, so strong was the impression of Earth plowing along through space, fording the meteoroid stream. The meteors, after all, were all streaming from a single point in the sky ��� the radiant point ��� in this case in the constellation Leo the Lion. Leonid meteor storms sometimes recur in cycles of 33 to 34 years, but the Leonids around the turn of the century ��� while wonderful for many observers ��� did not match the shower of 1966. And, in most years, the Lion whimpers rather than roars, producing a maximum of perhaps 10-15 meteors per hour. Like most meteor showers, the Leonids ordinarily pick up steam after midnight and display the greatest meteor numbers just before dawn.

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