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Leonid Meteor Shower (Early a.m. 11/17/09, P.S.T.; calculate your time zone)

Well, being in the Pacific N.W. this week means rain. No crisp, cold nights on the west side of the Cascades the next few days. But, this is obviously an event surpassing my small back yard..so:

“When to watch

Earth will pass through one of the denser debris streams at around 4 a.m. EST (1 a.m. PST) Tuesday. If you have only an hour or less to watch, center it around this time. Leo will be high in the sky for East Coast skywatchers, putting more meteors into view. In the West, Leo will be low in the eastern sky at this time, so fewer shooting stars will be above the horizon, and therefore Western skywatchers should also try to stick it out until daybreak.

Across Europe, the best bet is to watch anytime between 1 a.m. and daybreak local time.

The planet will pass through an even denser stream later, just before dawn Wednesday in Indonesia and China, but that show won’t be visible from North America because it will be daytime here.

One truth about the Leonids: They always produce, and they sometimes produce spectacular, unforgettable fireballs.”

Leonid Shower, 1833

The Leonid shower (Nov. 17-18) was good in 1998, 1999, and 2002.




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