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Strong Leonid Showers Expected Saturday

by Ariel (editor), Venice, CA, November 17, 2006


Amazing Leonid showers are expected to begin tomorrow Saturday 18th around 9 p.m. in Los Angeles(12 a.m. EST).

The Leonids are prolific showers composed of the dusty debris of the comet Temple-Tuttle which orbits the Sun at 33 year intervals. The resulting shooting stars got their names from the fact that they seem to stream from a precise point in the sky: the constellation Leo.

This event is not unusual and actually occurs every year around the week of November 17th, but Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, is expecting this year's Leonids to be stronger than usual: "We expect an outburst of more than 100 Leonids per hour."

"In 1833, the Leonid meteor storm was so intense that some people were actually awakened by the sky full of 'falling stars,'" according to NASA.

Tomorrow's outburst could last more than two hours. If you had other plans for tomorrow night, you can still get a chance to watch the shooting stars; the showers will last for days and another good time to watch the Leonids is during the pre-dawn hours this week end and early next week.

For an amazing free show of Nature's wonders, grab your favorite warm sweatshirt around midnight, find an observation location away from most city lights (the beach maybe?), and look East (away from the ocean). If you are lucky and scientists are not wrong, you should be able to see up to a hundred shooting stars per hour.

Enjoy the show!

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