Saturday, November 10, 2007

YouTube FEATURE of The Day

The Leonid meteor shower has produced some of the most spectacular meteor displays in history, but it is unfortunately periodic in nature.So those of you whose interested to see this annual event, look up for a clear night sky, no heavy clouds and you should be able to see it. I saw it for a couple of times few years back.

The Leonids generally begin on November 13 and end on November 21, with maximum generally occurring during the night of November 17/18. The Leonids are barely detectable on the beginning and ending dates, but observers are generally treated to displays of about 10 meteors per hour on the night of maximum. About every 33 years, the Leonids enter a phase of enhanced activity that accompanies the return of its parent comet. During these periods, rates can amount to hundreds and even thousands of meteors per hour. The last such enhanced period occurred during the period of 1998-2002 and the Leonids have been winding down ever since.

There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Leonids. The Leonids move very fast. This is a YouTube video will give you an idea how Leonids Shower look like and this video was uploaded by squidburns

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