The anticipated Leonid meteor shower of 2023 is poised to illuminate the night sky, presenting a stunning celestial spectacle. This annual event will be active from November 3 to December 2 and can be observed from various locations worldwide, including India.
For those unfamiliar with the Leonid Meteor shower:
Annually, the Leonid meteor shower occurs when Earth traverses debris from the Tempel-Tuttle comet, leading to the combustion of dust and rocks in our atmosphere, creating luminous streaks known as meteors or shooting stars.
Typically peaking in mid-November, the shower is named after the Leo constellation, from which the meteors seem to emanate.
The Leonids are noted for occasionally causing meteor storms characterized by a higher influx of meteors.
The meteor shower spans from November 3 to December 2, reaching its peak on the night of November 17-18. It will be observable throughout India, exhibiting up to 15 meteors per hour originating from the Leo constellation.
For specific viewing times across different regions of India, a linkis provided for reference . Here's an example:
Tips for observing the meteor shower
To witness the natural fireworks display caused by Earth's passage through remnants of the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle during the Leonid meteor shower, individuals in India are advised to relocate to dark areas away from city lights and allow their eyes to adapt to the darkness.
Opt for tranquil, light-free locales to relish the magnificent Leonid meteor shower of 2023.
With dropping temperatures, ensure appropriate attire to stay warm while observing the shower.
Upcoming Meteor Showers in 2023:
In case the Leonid meteor shower is missed due to unforeseen circumstances, two other meteor showers are anticipated in 2023:
Active from December 4-20, peaking from December 14-15.
Originating from the Gemini constellation, the Geminids stand out due to their association with the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, distinguishing them from most comet-associated meteor showers
Active from December 17-26, reaching its peak from December 22-23.
The Ursids Meteor Shower occurs as Earth encounters debris from Comet 8P/Tuttle, often presenting faint meteors with short tails, necessitating patience during observation.