Golden Leonids shower down as Earth rolls through comet's tail
Streaking starlets enthrall goggling skyvoyeurs
Vids Amateur astronomers were out in force over the weekend to snap pics of The Leonids, an annual spectacular meteor shower.
The Leonids stream down every year in mid-November. They are debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which visits the inner solar system every 33 years and leaves a stream of dusty space rocks called meteoroids in its wake.
Many of the particles, jettisoned from the comet as its frozen gases are heated by the Sun, drift across the November portion of Earth's orbit. From the planet's surface, these appear as meteors flying out of the constellation Leo, hence their name The Leonids.
This year's shower show peaked on Saturday night and offered a relatively good performance as the Moon was in its crescent phase, and set in the west long before Leo rose in the night sky, preventing its reflected light from washing out the meteors. ®
good job it was crap cloudy weater , or I'd be upset no-one mentioned this on friday!
Thanks for the videos to illustrate the meteor shower I missed, but the second one has got me really angry. Seriously, "Video's by Jere" makes me want to F***ing shout and F***ing swear. Why does that need an apostrophe?
Console yourself with:
"In the past, Leonids have been known to produce fantastic storms of thousands of shooting stars. This year, however, Earth is passing through the outskirts of the comet's debris stream, so the shower is relatively mild."
spaceweather.com for when you want to know when it is guaranteed to be cloudy at night in your area