Leonid meteor shower bright in Bradenton skies

November 20, 2012 by  

During the pre-dawn hours on Saturday and again on Monday and Tuesday nights of this week the Leonid meteor shower was expected to peak in the area of Bradenton, Florida. Various organizations that have been focused on these showers most likely used flyer printing and poster printing to announce this phenomenal astronomical event to the public so as many people as possible could enjoy this meteor shower.

According to Astronomy.com, this year’s meteors are more copper and yellow-pink in color as opposed to previous years which were white or bluish-white. They are very bright and take their name from the constellation Leo, from which they seem to radiate from the part of constellation that looks like a backwards question mark.

The curator of education at the South Florida Museum, Samantha Sprague, said that it is important to know when and where the constellation Leo would rise over the past few days so as to get the best view. Her recommendations were to go to a place with a horizon that was clear and then wait in the darkness for about 30 minutes so that one’s eyes could adjust to the darkness. The better views were expected to be further east of the city.

She added that the meteors would be recognized as sudden streaks of light across the sky. Their glow is fleeting and so needs to be discovered quickly.

This year’s meteor shower was expected to produce about 10 – 15 meteors per hour. The last Leonid meteor shower was in 2002 and produced thousands of shooting stars in the space of an hour.

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