Astronomers: today the brightest star fails to coincide with a full Moon

The bright autumn meteor shower — the Leonids — the night will still be bright enough to break through the light of the full moon. Alas, in order to see shooting stars, the sky should not be overexposed, so the recent opportunity to observe “the record supermoon,” the inhabitants of the Earth will have to pay for the inability to observe the falling stars tonight.


The coming night is the peak of the Leonid, which is observed from 6 to 30 November. The Zenith is expected to 20 meteors per hour, the report said the Moscow planetarium. Leonids meteor shower named after the constellation Leo, the “background” which can be seen falling stars. The rate of meteors reaches 70 kilometers per second.

About Leonida humanity has been known for about 3,800 years, but the source of this meteor shower, comet Tempel-tuttle, was discovered only half a century ago — in 1865. She has a core diameter of 4 km and approximately 33.2 years makes a complete revolution around the Sun. The brightest recorded stream Leonid came in 1833, when in the sky you can see thousands of traces of falling stars.

The full moon this year had on 14 November, and it coincided with the approach of Earth and moon. This phenomenon is an informal name “supermoon,” and this month it has attracted special attention because the Moon was closer to Earth than it has ever been since 1948. Alas, this phenomenon is also observed, not all the inhabitants of the Earth and, in particular, Russia and many other regions to see the moon did not allow the cloud. However, many scientists are of the opinion that the supermoon actually is not so curious and to distinguish it from a normal full moon if you can only bring himself to believe it.

Although the Moon is gradually decreasing, it is still too bright to the night sky you could see the meteors, even if weather conditions would allow.

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