Every year around this time we get to witness the stunning Leonid meteor shower as a result of our planet crossing the orbital path of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle.
As this comet passes small fragments that litters its orbit with debris enters the Earths atmosphere resulting in the Meteor shower as the burn up on entry.
The peak days are expected to be Saturday and Sunday night (Early morning hours predicted peak times) however each night from this evening will offer watchers the chance to see the spectacle.
Unfortunately this years passing is not expected to be classed as a meteor storm where as many as 1000 meteors an hour can be seen however 10-15 per hour should hopefully not keep you waiting to long.
The brightest meteor shower is about to happen, and you don’t want to miss it!
A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky.
These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface.
What’s even more exciting, a meteor shower is about to take place on 12th of August, 2017, but it’s not just a regular meteor shower. Astronomers suppose that this will be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history! It will magically light up the sky, and some of them might be visible even during the daytime.
You just don’t want to miss this. Why? Because probably you won’t be alive in another 96 years to wait for the next one.
So called The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.