A meteor flies through the sky in Utah


The annual Leonid meteor bathe peaks late Friday night time. 

According to NASA, the Leonids are debris shed by comet Tempel-Tuttle because it passes near the solar. 

As bits of comet particles enter the Earth’s ambiance and expend, they go away brilliant streaks throughout the night time sky.

Observers can look straight overhead for the bathe, with brilliant meteors that go away a path that lasts for a number of seconds.

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A burst of 1999 Leonid meteors as seen at 38,000 feet from Leonid Multi Instrument Aircraft Campaign (Leonid MAC) with 50 mm camera. 

A burst of 1999 Leonid meteors as seen at 38,000 ft from Leonid Multi Instrument Aircraft Campaign (Leonid MAC) with 50 mm digicam. 
(Image Credit: NASA/Ames Research Center/ISAS/Shinsuke Abe and Hajime Yano)

However, the moon is about 35% full and can diminish the fainter meteors.

There shall be round 15 to twenty meteors per hour beneath clear, darkish skies. 

At 1:45 am MT on Nov. 17, NASA’s all sky camera at the New Mexico State University caught this image of a Leonid meteor streaking through the skies.

At 1:45 am MT on Nov. 17, NASA’s all sky digicam on the New Mexico State University caught this picture of a Leonid meteor streaking by the skies.
(NASA)

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The bathe’s title comes from the constellation Leo, the lion, from which its meteors seem to radiate. 

Over 100 meteors are recorded in this composite image taken during the peak of the Geminid meteor shower in 2014. 

Over 100 meteors are recorded on this composite picture taken through the peak of the Geminid meteor bathe in 2014. 
(Credit: NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office)

While the moon will rise in the east with Leo round midnight native time, it is higher to view the sky away from the obvious level of origin by mendacity again and looking out straight upward.

The comet Tempel-Tuttle was truly found twice, independently.

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In December, skywatchers can anticipate the Geminids and Ursids.

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