Leonid Meteor Shower 2016: Facts, Tips On Watching


#Meteor #NASALeonid Meteor Shower 2016: Facts, Tips On Watching : Great news for sky watchers! The middle of November will bring a spectacular exhibition from a meteor shower that will streak through the night sky. Leonid meteor shower 2016 is going to pass by Earth once again.

This annual event has shown some of the most intense meteor showers in history; the meteors have fallen at rates as high as 50k per hour! Although the Leonid meteor shower this year is not going to be as impressive as some earlier ones, it will provide a good amount of fun for sky watchers.

According to Space, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said, “This year there wont be any outburst of the Leonids and therefore the fall rates are expected to be around 10 to 15 per hour. The outbursts occur only when the Earth passes through the patch of meteors which are particularly dense.”

He added, “The outburst is not projected to happen until the year 2033.”

Cooke also said that the visibility of the Leonids meteor shower can be poor this year due to the bright light from the waning moon, which will outshine some of the meteors. But despite of these constraints, it is possible to see the meteor shower using some of the tips mentioned below.

According to a NASA’s post, the best thing you can do to watch the meteor shower is to get as far as you can from the urban light pollution. Find a location with a clear and unclouded view of the night sky.

  • Be sure to dress according to the cold overnight temperatures.
  • Watch for at least half an hour with patience. A reclining chair or a ground pad is best to make you comfortable to keep your gaze in the sky.
  • Don’t use telescopes or binoculars. It reduces the amount of sky you can see. Source: Morningnewsusa