Meteorite rain – Leonids meteor shower


You usually know about the rains. But what about the Meteorite rains. You know that there are many natural objects can be found out through the outer space. Some of them are the planets, stars, the moon, comets and meteors. I have a question to ask from you. Do you have experienced the Meteorite showers? Some of you may or may not. Byt surely you have heard about the Meteorite rains I think. Through the news or from any other way. Then recall some things that you have listened to about Meteorite rains earlier. You can ask me why I had told that? Because here I am expecting to tell you something about Meteorite rains. If you can remember the known details that would be easy for you. If you are a person who is interested in the space science field, this would be a great help for you. 

First of all, you have to identify what are the meteors and what are the Meteorite rains from here. Now it is time to see about Meteorites. 

What are Meteorites? 

     This is a part of a natural object. That natural object may be an asteroid, meteorite or a comet. When these types of objects enter the atmosphere, the factors like friction and the pressure get influenced. With these interactions, this gets like a fireball. Then it is a meteor. This can be known as a shooting star or a falling star. 

  There are mainly three types of Meteorites categories according to traditionally. But later they will divide into according to the structure, composition and the mineralogy and isotopic composition. There are silicate minerals, some metallic substances and the solid material are contained in this. There are some types of Meteorites that are smaller than 2 cm. They are called as the micro Meteorites. Those Meteorites are found from the moon and mars. There are types of Meteorite. It is called as the chondrites. These are consist of silicate minerals. Maybe there are some organic matter, amino acid and the presolar grains. 

Then these all above are about the Meteorites. Then we will see about the Meteorite rains. 

Actually, what are the Meteorite rains?

    This can be known as the Meteorite shower too. In this event, there are numerous meteors can be seen. These are entering the earth’s atmosphere at an extreme speed. The meteor data centre had suspected about 900 hundred meteor showers. 

   There is another question for most people. I know that. It is how do the Meteorite showers are formed?? 

Formation of the Meteorite shower… 

   It formed due to an interaction. What interaction? It is an interaction between the planet and the streams of debris from a comet. Then there may be another question too. It is that, how does the debris form?? Comets produce debris from water vapour dag. But recently Peter Jenniskens argued for another different idea. It is that the short term meteorite rains cannot be formed due to the water vapour. But he had argued that can be due to the product of infrequent disintegrations. 

Famous meteorite showers 

  When we are talking about Meteorite showers, there are some more great Meteorite showers. Some of them are as follows. See them. 

  The most famous one is the Perseids and Leonids. Perseid is an annual Meteorite shower. You can see that. That is visible in the sky every year. That can be seen on the 12th of August every year.

  The next one is the Leonids. It cannot be seen in every year. Instead of that, it can be seen in every 33 years. It can occur on the 17 of November. This produces a meteorite storm too. 

In other than that there are some separate Meteorite showers too. Some of them are ursids, Gemini ads, phoenicids, alpha Monoceros. 

  You know that there are names for the Meteorite showers. How would that they are named? Those names are given by the International astronomical union. Those are official names. 

Characteristics of the Meteorite showers

    There may be craters can be made due to this Meteorite showers. The craters can be made in the surface of the planets and the moon. If there is a transparent atmosphere in any of the planets meteor shower is visible. 

  Those above are about the Meteorite showers. Now we know about the Meteorite rain. Then we can focus on our main topic. 

I have given some small description of it in the above. Now you can read a detailed description. That is as follows. 

Leonids Meteor shower

   The above description is too short. Now we can see a detailed description of the Leonids meteor shower. First of all, I have to tell you this Meteorite shower is associated with the Meteorite temple Tuttle. As I said above, this is a Meteorite shower that can be expected by 33 years. This was discovered on the 902 AD. This can occur from November 6 to November 30 while the peak date is November 17. This Meteorite shower has a velocity of about 71 km/s. 

Significance of the name Leonids 

   See about the name of the Meteorite shower. We are not familiar with that name. You know that in the English language too. Then where did it come from??? The part Leo came with the star constellation. Therefore the name has come up with the location of their Radiant in the constellation Leo. The meteors appear with this point. This name is a Latin and Greek mixture of languages. 

Peak days of the Leonids 

  The Leonids are some fast-moving Meteorites. When the Meteorite shower takes place, it differently affects various planets. They affect very heavily for some while they affect a very small amount in other planets. I told you that November 17th is the peak date of this Meteorite shower. But some of the Meteorites have many peak days. Therefore we can see the Meteorite rains many days. Sometimes this storm peaks up to November 18. 

  Now we will turn around to the future of this Meteorite shower. I told you that this was discovered in the 900AD. With that observation, scientists had found out that this is made out using many small particles. There is a great history behind these Meteorite showers. 

  You know that I mentioned above the days that can see the Meteorite showers. What is the way that can be predicted the days of Meteorite shower? It is as the following. 

  The research by Kondratiev, Reznikiv and colleagues at Kazan University had shown how meteor storms could be accurately predicted. There are predictions about these Meteorite showers until the 21 century. Scientists said that this meteor shower sends bright green shooting stars in the sky. If you want to watch, these Meteorite showers see the sky at midnight. That area should be free of any city lights. Now the Leonids meteor shower had passed. But there is another Meteorite rain that you can see. It is that the Geminids. 13th of December is the peak day. Only a few days more. Therefore keep alert and watch this. 


If the sky is dark black, this Meteorite rain can be observed clearly. On the 17th of November, this can be seen. Before that, the Leonids happened in 1999. It is a Leonids storm. It has a speed of 3000 meteors per hour. But this has very low speed when compared to the earlier meteor showers. 

  These above details are about the Leonids meteor shower. Other than that, I told you about what are meteors as well as what are the Meteorites. If you are interested to see these Meteorite rains, keep alert about the recent Meteorite showers as well as that follow the above guidelines when you are expecting to watch the Meteorite showers. Now we have reached the end of this article. Keep your interesting in the future too.


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