Leonid Meteor Shower
For those who do not want to wait until 2028 to witness a Leonid meteor shower, there is a chance to enjoy a meteor show every August. Peaking on August 12, there are more than 60 meteors per minute that enter the Earth’s atmosphere. This meteor shower is called Perseid and it is associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle.
The King of Meteor Showers
The term “meteor shower” was invented by astronomers who observed one of the most impressive displays of this phenomenon back in 1833. It was a Leonid meteor shower. This particular meteor shower happens every 33 years, so in 2028 we will have an opportunity to enjoy a fascinating night of stargazing.
An Explosion in Siberia
In the early morning of June 30th, 1908, people were shaken by a crash. A meteorite landed and exploded violently, causing widespread damage and ensuing fire. Total energy of the crash equaled to an explosion from a hydrogen bomb and the blast wave went around the globe twice! This event has been dubbed Tunguska event, named after a nearby river.
The Seeds of Distant Suns
Chemical elements that meteorites contain often come from the ancient times of the Solar system. Besides that, they sometimes contain so called “protosolar seeds,” which are minerals that formed around other stars, perhaps even billions of years before our Solar system has formed.