One of the most important astronomical events of this period will be this week, the Earth going through the trajectory of the cosmic dust left behind by the Tempel-Tuttle comet.
In this way, in areas where the sky will be clear, we will be able to see in the night sky a falling stars from the constellation Leo, which will reach its peak on the Saturday night, November 17. Leonids have a cyclical peak every 33 years when hundreds of meteors can be seen every hour. The last time, this phenomenon occurred in 2001. The event takes place annually between 06-30 November and the maximum falls will be seen this year on the night of November 17 and the morning of November 18 (Saturday to Sunday). The phenomenon will be visible in several areas of the Earth. The Leonid meteor current is the strongest in this category, with the cosmic dust fragments striking the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 250,000 km / h. Such phenomena have occurred in history, is well known for being able to turn into real storms. For example, in 1966, residents of the southwestern United States witnessed a particularly intense storm, not less than 3000 meteors falling in one minute. Scientists expect the next astronomical phenomenon to happen in 2032 only. To see as many meteors as possible, you need to look at the sky for at least an hour. The more you stare, the more meteors you see. Following the heavenly vault you will see the stars and the Milky Way. Sometimes a light beam, which will take less than a second, will be seen among the stars. In ancient times it seemed that one of the stars in the sky fell, hence the name of the “falling star”. Of course, the stars can not fall. You could see a very small particle, less than 1 mm in diameter, that entered the atmosphere of the Earth, and the friction with the air caught fire. Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a real show in the night sky. Those who want to see the current of meteor streams are urged to get as close as possible to the city lights and turn their attention to the constellation Leo, located in the eastern part of the horizon.