Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Good News about the Leonid Meteor Shower

No doubt you are familiar with the Leonid Meteor Shower and if you are like me you missed it this past weekend when it was supposed to reach its peak.

Every November the Earth passes through a centuries old debris stream from an even older comet. That comet, a comet named Tempel-Tuttle, originating in the constellation of Leo, passes the Sun every 33 years and when it does a large amount of debris is formed from the ice and other parts that break off. These dust sized particles are what we see every year in the form of the Leonid showers. These particles may be small but it is when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere that we see the streaks of light, large burst of fire-balls lighting the night sky.

So what is the good news? What has been determined by meteorite specialists is that you & I have another chance to view the sky with it apparent ‘shooting stars’ that we know to be actually the Leonid Meteor Shower.

Keep an eye to the sky, best time after 11pm tonight or tomorrow. If you prefer to view the sky and the Leonid Shower but stay inside where it is warm, have no fear – there are many web sites available, one such I have linked into below.

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