The 2010 Leonid Meteor Shower
Luna looked great a while ago with a colorful corona topped off with Jupiter as a glittering diamond just a few degrees away from it 🙂 Unfortunately, my camera’s batteries went out when I was about to take an image.
This evening, don’t forget to go outside after midnight to look out for the Leonids that will zoom across the heavens just as soon as brave Leo where it would appear to radiate from, climbs up in the east. Best viewing of the Leonid meteor shower comes in two to three hours before dawn on November 17 and 18, when the waxing gibbous moon that would interfere with your skygazing has already set.
Leonids in particular are well known for having bright meteors or fireballs which may be 9 mm across. The shower is created by bits of debris left behind by the repeat passages through the inner solar system of comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), there is always some uncertainty in the number of meteors the Leonid shower will produce, but viewers could expect to see at least 20 meteors per hour if they have clear skies.
For those enthusiast meteor observer, you can report your observation using the methods and report forms at the International Meteor Organization site.
Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (U.P. AstroSoc) will hold a public observation of this event at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory Sundeck in U.P. Diliman on the 19th at 10 PM to 6AM. Everyone is invited. 🙂
Happy observing! 🙂