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Stars attack Alabama: What we know about Leonids

Author : News Agency 112.ua

Every 33 years, this meteor shower looks like a real star hurricane. It is not expected in 2018, but the Leonids is still an interesting phenomenon
16:32, 16 November 2018

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The planet is anticipating the next meteor shower. Last month, the Earthlings witnessed two starfalls at once, the Orionids and the Draconids.

In November, it is the time of Leonids. This meteor shower is peculiar because of its speed; but not only that.

- The starfall got its name because it happens in the constellation of Leo.

- The peak of the meteor shower is on November 16-17.

- The meteor shower has rapid whitish meteors that fly to the atmosphere at a speed of 71 km/s.

The peculiarity of the starfall is that once in 33 years, it looks like a stellar hurricane. In 2018, it will be calm. It will be possible to see the storm in 2034.

The meteor shower will be seen well in the northern hemisphere, better than in the southern.

- People will not need special devices to be able to see the starfall.

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The earliest historical evidence of this meteor shower is its description by Eutychius of Alexandria in 901.

- The most famous meteor shower is the one observed in the USA in November 1833, on the territory from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains. It was a real "stellar storm", many of the preachers claimed that the Judgment Day was approaching.

In 1934, a jazz song “Stars Fell on Alabama” was dedicated to this event.

- The last powerful meteor shower was observed back in 1966. At that time, up to 150 thousand meteors could be observed in the sky every hour.

- The average intensity of a meteor shower is 10-15 meteors.

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