Leonids meteor shower to send shooting stars across the Philippine night sky

Pablo Tucker
November 16, 2020

At a speed of 158,400 miles (254,920 km / hr) the Leonids are soaring through the sky that visitors must be eagle-eyed - this is the fastest known meteor shower.

After skygazers were treated to two meteor showers last month, November will see the return of the Leonid meteor shower, set to light up the sky early this week. This year, the Leonids do offer the opportunity to see around 15 meteors per hour at peak on Monday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Nov. 17, when the tiny sliver of a moon won't produce much interference. Fast meteors can also sometimes become fireballs: "Look for prolonged explosions of light when viewing the Orionid meteor shower".

Starfall is best seen after midnight and before dawn, when the sky is darkest.

The United States should have mostly clear skies at peak times except for a few storms along the west coast of the country.


Many might not know that meteor showers are named after the constellation they appear to be coming from.

The Leonid meteor shower happens as a result of the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which has a 33-year orbit around the sun.

In this sense, from the National Astronomical Observatory (OAN) they point out that the sky is at its best when the meteor shower occurs one day after the new moon.

The Leonid meteor shower got its name from its brilliance, where Leo is seen emanating from a meteorite in the constellation.


Meteor showers are nothing but cosmic debris left behind a comet. This is the strongest meteor shower of the year with 120 meteors per second.

The report stated that around the year, several meteor showers can occur.

A Asteroids A huge part of the protection from the solar system at the beginning of the collision or. These particles are called meteoroids, and are either tiny rocks, bits of ice or just dust.

A Meteor What astronomers said was a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris ignited. Most are so small they are vapourised in the atmosphere.


For example, if the Earth passes through the comet's tail, most of the debris will burn up in the atmosphere and form a meteor shower.

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