What's happening in the sky over
A meteor shower.
Over the past weekend the
Leonid meteor shower has
The image -- actually a composite of six exposures of about 30 seconds
each -- was taken in 2001, a year when there was a much more active
At that time, Earth was moving through a particularly dense swarm
of sand-sized debris from
so that meteor rates approached one visible streak per second.
appear parallel because they all fall to Earth from the
meteor shower radiant --
a point on the sky towards the constellation of the Lion
Although the predicted peak of
Leonid meteor shower is over,
another peak may be visible early tomorrow morning.
By the way --
how many meteors can you identify
in the above image?
Credit & Copyright:
Sean M. Sabatini