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Leonids radiant
An annual meteor shower that reaches its maximum on Nov. 17–18 and has its radiant point in the constellation Leo, near the center of the Sickle asterism. The shower provides modest displays in most years but spectacular meteor storms every 33 years; rates of 60,000 meteors per hour were recorded in 1966.

The Leonids are fast-moving meteors, entering Earth's atmosphere at about 250,000 km/hr, and leave many trains. Their parent body is the comet Tempel-Tuttle.


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