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Leonid meteor showers to be visible on November 17

Washington , Wed, 16 Nov 2011 ANI

Washington, November 16 (ANI): The Leonid meteor showers will peak on November 17 and the best time to view them would be the hours before dawn on November 17 and 18.


Though the meteors appear to originate from the constellation Leo, they can be seen in all parts of the sky.


However, the half-full Moon is to rise at the same time as the showers and its brightness could make it difficult to see the meteors.


The best chance of seeing them is to face away from the Moon (and Leo), toward the darkest part on the horizon, StarDate magazine reported.


Meteorites are left over debris from comets, they are the chunks that don't burn completely and hit the earth.


The Leonid showers are the debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle. As the comet orbits the Sun, it leaves a trail of these fragments.


The Leonids meteors recur each year when Earth passes through the comet's trail, and chunks of debris burn up in our planet's atmosphere. (ANI)


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