Watch Leonid Meteor Shower 2011

On the night of 17th November, don’t forget to stare the heavens as the Leonid meteor shower is expected to light up the skies with a spectacular view from the Earth. The Leonid meteor shower is expected to reach peak activity tonight at approximately 10:40 PM EST (0340 GMT on November 18th).

What exactly is the Leonid meteor shower?

Our home, planet Earth tends to move through the dust particles left from the passages of the comet. It mainly consists of solid particles, known as meteoroids, which emerge from the comet as its frozen gases evaporate due to the heat of the Sun.

The Leonids are a type of meteoroids that are typically fast moving which come closer to the Earth and impact the Earth at 72 km/s. Leonids fairly shower, but every 33 years they put up a splendid display on the skies, which is called as  the Leonid meteor storm. The last meteor show reported was in the year 1996 and again in 1999.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news. The peak of the shower is expected to happen at about 10 PM EST. This is the time when the radiant will be near the horizon, which makes it quite difficult for us to watch. It is also reported that the bright moonlight might wash out this year’s light display.

“The moon is going to be a major interference, but we could see a rate of about 20 per hour,” Cooke told SPACE.com.

Well, if in case you won’t be able to watch the Leonids meteor shower, then here’s a collection of some of images of the meteor shower which you might enjoy:

Leonid Meteor Shower
Leonid Meteor Shower
Leonid Meteor Shower
Leonid Meteor Shower
Leonid Meteor Shower
Leonid Meteor Shower

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