Friday, November 17, 2006

A Leonid Meteor Shower Outburst?

If you live in North America or Europe, don't Forget to get outside and watch the Leonid Meteor shower Saturday and Sunday:

Late Saturday night a meteoric sky show could break over New York, New
England, and eastern Canada. The famed Leonid meteor shower — which put
on intense displays from 1998 to 2002 — could return for a brief,
last-gasp reprise.

Every mid-November, as Earth cruises along its annual orbit around the
Sun, we pass through the Leonid meteor stream. Most parts of the stream
are sparse, so we get only a very minor meteor shower (roughly 10
meteors visible per hour). But some parts of the stream are much
richer. This year, reports meteor expert Joe Rao, specialists predict
that we'll sail through a narrow, dense filament of the stream. The
whole thing should last for only about a half hour centered on 11:45
p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 18th.

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