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Meteor shower will pass over Australia after midnight

A kangaroo jumps in a field amidst smoke from a bushfire in Snowy Valley on the outskirts of Cooma in January. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

CANBERRA, Nov 17, 2020, News.com.au. In the early hours of tomorrow, the Leonid meteor shower will send shooting stars across the sky, News.com.au reported.

The Leonids will be most visible from the Northern Hemisphere, but you can also view them from the Southern Hemisphere.

In Australia, the shower will be most visible after midnight, but the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted there will be no “meteor storm” – which occurs when 1000 meteors per hour are seen.

The last Leonid meteor storm was in 2001.

The diminutive Comet Tempel-Tuttle, the parent body of the Leonids, will cross Earth’s orbit, creating a vaporising shower of debris in the atmosphere.

The comet takes 33 years to complete one orbit of the sun.

Typically, there are between 10 and 15 meteors per hour. Check online to see when it will be visible in your part of the world.

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