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The Leonid meteor shower peaks this week: Here’s how to see it


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The Leonid meteor shower peaks this week: Here’s how to see it

Earth passes through a comet’s trail this week, producing a beautiful display of meteors in the night sky. Find out where to look and how to get the best view Space 13 November 2019 By Abigail Beall Jerry Schad/Science Photo LibrarayWhat you need Warm clothes, possibly ON ANY clear night, you can expect to see…

The Leonid meteor shower peaks this week: Here’s how to see it

Earth passes through a comet’s trail this week, producing a beautiful display of meteors in the night sky. Find out where to look and how to get the best view



Space



13 November 2019

By Abigail Beall

meteor shower

Jerry Schad/Science Photo Libraray

What you need

Warm clothes, possibly

ON ANY clear night, you can expect to see between five and 10 meteors in an hour. But in a meteor shower, they are far more frequent. To understand why, we need to know what causes them.

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Meteors are streaks of light in the sky created by bits of rock and metal entering Earth’s atmosphere at high speed. They are usually no bigger than a grain of rice, though some are much larger. As they smash into air particles, the …

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