Shooting stars galore tonight

by Anonymous on Nov. 16th, 2009

Leonids Meteor Shower
Leonids Meteor ShowerCourtesy NASA/ISAS/Shinsuke Abe and Hajime Yano
Our home planet is once again passing through the debris leftover from comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle and that means it's time for the annual Leonid meteor shower. The peak hours for viewing this astronomical phenomenon occur early Tuesday morning (November 17) between 1AM and dawn but you can probably catch a couple streaks late tonight before bed. The hourly count is predicted to be pretty high this year with up to 50 shooting stars viewable per hour. I've heard this kind of hype before for meteor showers and usually I've been disappointed. But still, I'll probably check it out if it's not too cold.

Viewing tips for meteor showers
Story at Space.com
More facts about the Leonids

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