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11/13/2015 – Ephemeris – The Leonid meteor shower will reach peak next week

November 13, 2015

Ephemeris for Friday, November 13th.  The Sun will rise at 7:36.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 40 minutes, setting at 5:16.   The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 7:02 this evening.

I’m talking about meteors a lot this week.  Well this is about next week’s peak of the Leonid meteor shower.  The Leonid meteor shower has spectacular peaks about every 33 years when the responsible litter bug, er… comet is near us and the Sun.  The last time the comet names 55P/Tempel-Tuttle passed perihelion, its closest to the Sun was 1998.  We are about half way between that and the next perihelion in 2031, so we’d expect it to be a dull year with 15 meteors an hour expected tops, but either the Leonids are getting more unpredictable, or astronomers, both professional and amateur are paying better attention.  The main peak is expected Tuesday night around 11 p.m. (4 hr UT Wednesday, November 18), with another peak prior to that in the afternoon (21 hr UT Tuesday, November 17).  The radiant, however, will rise just before midnight in northern Michigan.   The timing will be better for Europe

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Leonid Radiant

Leonid meteor radiant

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