Active Meteors in November 2020
Look up the night sky in November 2020 to catch the glimpse of Meteors in November 2020.
Meteors are one of the spectacular view to watch, it keep happening from time to time every year. While in the year 2020 we have seen many many things, if still you have not witnessed most special view of the night sky, then you should try the night sky watching.
Well watching meteors from big city/cities could be challenging due to heavy light pollution, some places may be heavily light by flood lights or street lights that you can’t even see starts in the sky unless you found yourself dark spot.
In the month of November we can witness 2 Meteor showers when they get to their Peak. Every meteor shower has zenithal hourly rate (ZHR), which mean the number of meteors you can see per hour. This number is estimate only and varies from watching conditions like weather, light pollution and the time. So actual could of Hourly rate may be slightly lower.
Meteor Shower Peak in November 2020.
1. Northern Taurids (NTA) Meteor shower.
Active from October 20th to December 10th, 2020 Currently active
The active meteor shower in November 2020, this showcase beautiful fireball activity.
Radiant: 03:52 +22.7°
Zenithal Hourly Rate – ZHR: 5
Velocity: 18 miles/sec (medium – 30km/sec)
Parent Object: 2P/Encke
Northern Taurids Meteor Peak : The Northern Taurids peak on the Nov 11-12, 2020 night. On this night, the moon expected to be 14.86% full.
2. Leonids (LEO) Meteor shower.
Active from November 6th to November 30th, 2020
The Leonids are often bright meteors with a high percentage of persistent trains.
Radiant: 10:08 +21.6°
Zenithal Hourly Rate – ZHR: 15
Velocity: 44 miles/sec (swift – 71km/sec)
Parent Object: 55P/Tempel-Tuttle
Leonids Meteor Peak in November 2020 : The Leonids will next peak on the Nov 16-17, 2020 night. On this night, the moon will be 4.63% full.
How you can watch Meteor shower?
Find yourself a dark spot, preferably away from city lights, make sure sky is clear and no clouds. Prepare yourself for the weather and get comfortable in a resting chair or lie down on the ground make sure sky is visible from that position.
Give your eyes about 20-30 minutes to adjust in the darkness, once comfortable you may be able to see lot of bright stars and faint stars too. If you are able to see North Star, Little Dipper, this means you are in a good spot to gaze the meteor shower.
Meteor watching need lot of patience, so give at least 1-2 hours to see the fireball show or shooting stars in the night sky.
Remember, do not look at your mobile screen, as it is bright and may ruin your night vision.
TIP: Red lights are somewhat night vision friendly, but avoid direct viewing towards any light source. Switch to night mode or dark screen on your mobile if you have to view the mobile.