Leonids Meteor Shower

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09 November 2021 Current Affairs:The annual Leonids Meteor Shower has begun and will last from November 6 to November 30, 2021.

Highlights:
On November 17, the Meteor Shower will be at its peak.
When Planet Earth travels through the densest section of the debris, the meteor shower reaches its peak.
On November 17, spectators on the ground will be able to see pieces of cosmic debris. It will appear as if the sky is filled with fireworks.
This meteor shower is caused by debris from the tiny comet “55P/Tempel-Tuttle” in the constellation Leo. 
It takes 33 years for the earth to complete one orbit around the sun.
The Leonids are a major meteor shower that features the fastest meteors. 
Meteors typically move at a speed of 71 kilometers per second.

Meteor storm
Every 33 years, a Leonid shower transforms into a meteor storm. 
Hundreds to thousands of meteors are seen every hour during a meteor storm. 
When 1,000 meteors per hour are observed during a Leonid storm, it is called a meteor storm. The last meteor storm occurred in 2002.
 

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