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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Strong Leonid Meteor Shower Expected This Weekend

The annual Leonid meteor shower could produce a strong outburst this weekend for residents of eastern North America and Western Europe.

A brief surge of activity is expected begin around 11:45PM ET Sat., Nov. 18. In Europe, that corresponds to early Sunday morning, Nov. 19 at 4:45GMT. The outburst could last up to two hours.

At the peak, people in these favorable locations could see up to 150 shooting stars per hour, or more than two per minute.

"We expect an outburst of more than 100 Leonids per hour," said Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Cooke notes that the shooting stars during this peak period are likely to be faint, however, created by very small meteoroid grains.

Elsewhere people will see the typically enjoyable Leonid display of a few meteors each hour, weather permitting and assuming dark skies away from city lights.

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1 comments:

Charles said...

You know I never got to see a meteor shower before. I think I saw a shooting star streak across the sky, but not a whole bunch of them. If only I were a morning person.