Monday, November 16, 2009

Meteor Shower early tomorrow morning - Leonids












For people who are experts and not:


Get up early tomorrow (maybe 4:00 a.m.?)  to see the Leonid Meteor Shower. For better time suggestions, read the articles below this one. Of course, you need to be in a place with little or no light pollution. That lets out many people (like me) who live near a city. But I may go to check anyhow.

This group of particles are the remainders of a cloud of comet particles that were ejected from a comet around the year 1567. The earth regularly passes through this cloud, causing this display. The trails could be white, blue, aquamarine or green, according to Space.com's article. (see below for the entire article).

This year the meteors from this meteor shower are supposed to be brighter than normal. Space.com's article even said some people may be able to see what they call Fireballs or Bolides, meteors with strobe effects. Sounds cool!


Find out more:
Viewer's Guide from Space.com
National Geographic article about the Leonids 2009
 Photos from the 2006 Leonids
NASA - Leonids 2008-9





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