December Leonis Minorid meteor shower

Republished, Source by: Dominic Ford, Editor
From the meteor show feeds

The December Leonis Minorid meteor shower will be active from 5 December to 4 February, producing its peak rate of meteors around 20 December.

Over this period, there will be a chance of seeing December Leonis Minorid meteors whenever the shower’s radiant point – in the constellation Leo Minor – is above the horizon, with the number of visible meteors increasing the higher the radiant point is in the sky.

Seen from El Paso, Texas (UTC-7) the shower will not be visible before around 21:24 each night, when its radiant point rises above your eastern horizon. It will then remain active until dawn breaks around 06:32.

The shower is likely produce its best displays in the hours around 05:00 MST, when its radiant point is highest in the sky.

At this time, the Earth’s rotation turns El Paso to face optimally towards the direction of the incoming meteors, maximising the number that rain vertically downwards, producing short trails close to the radiant point. At other times, there will be fewer meteors burning up over El Paso, and they will tend to enter the atmosphere at an oblique angle, producing long-lived meteors that may traverse a wide area of the sky before completely burning up.

The shower is expected to reach peak activity at around 05:00 MST on 20 December 2019, and so the best displays might be seen before dawn on 20 December.

With a weak moon the meteor shower may be visible with the naked eye, however this meteor shower is best observed only from the Northern Hemisphere with telescopic plotting.[2] This meteor shower is linked to comet C/1739 K1 and radiates from the constellation Leo Minor, which is a faint constellation north of Leo.[3] The meteor shower often only produces 2 meteors an hour.[4] The meteors usually pass at an average speed of 62 kilometers per second.

– Source: Wikipedia

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