Abangan ngayong weekend ang kamangha-manghang Leonid meteor shower! - The Daily Sentry

Abangan ngayong weekend ang kamangha-manghang Leonid meteor shower!

Leonid Meteor shower photo courtesy of NASA

Don’t forget to miss this once in a year moment, where you can enjoy stargazing of the Leonid Meteor shower will peak this weekend on the night of November 16-17. If you have not seen one, then this is the time!

Last October, netizens patiently waited outside their homes in order to witness the peak of the Orionids meteor shower. Others may have suffered neck cramps but having been able to see a meteor is all worth it. *

The Leonid Meteor shower phenomenon
The Leonid meteor shower happens when the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle with orbital period of 33 years, scatters its orbit with bits of debris and crosses our Earth’s atmosphere and vaporizes.

In an evening sky, in an absence of moonlight, you can see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour during the peak. And even in a moonlight sky, some of the brighter meteors are still visible.

According to PAGASA, the Leonid meteor shower is active from November 6-30 and will peak in the late hours of November 17 until dawn.

The number of meteors is measured through A zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of about 15 meteors which might occur during the peak hours of the meteor shower.

Unfortunately, the waning gibbous Moon will interfere with the observations of fainter meteors, as per PAGASA.

“The Leonids Meteor Shower is created by bits of debris left behind by the repeat passages through the inner solar system of comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle,” PAGASA said.

Where’s the best place to view meteor showers?

The best place to view the night sky is in high places like in the mountains or rooftops or the open sky. Less light pollution is also recommended because too much city or street lights can overshadow the light in the night sky.

Source: UNTV