LEONID METEOR SHOWER | UPSC EXAM

OVERVIEW

  • From a comet, debris called 55P/Tempel-Tuttle found in the constellation Leo passes through earth’s atmosphere every year in November which results in Leonid meteor shower.
  • This year it will be active between November 6 and 30.
  • November 17, 2021, will be the peak time for the shower.
  • The meteors will be visible to the naked eye in about 30 minutes.
  • Up to 15 Leonid meteors per hour have been predicted by scientists in 2021.
  • Leonid meteor shower occurs every 33 years.
  • Through the earth’s atmosphere, hundreds to thousands of Leonid meteors travel per hour, when a Leonid meteor shower becomes a Leonid meteor storm.
  • They are the fastest meteors.
  • Leonid is the fireballs or shooting stars because they burn due to friction which is caused when they enter the earth’s atmosphere.

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