Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Leonid meteor shower is upon us!

I'd forgotten about this shower. A couple of days ago, I was up at O'dark-early in the morning and glanced upward. Just as I looked up, I saw a bright streak light up the sky. "Huh," I thought, "what's the likelihood of seeing a meteor at the moment I happened to glance up?" The answer is - during a meteor shower - pretty good.

Here's where you can find the Leonid shower; it'll increase in intensity until its peak on the 18th. Like all meteor showers, it's best seen midnight and later as the night side of the Earth turns into its orbit: We hit more space stuff then, much like a car's windshield hits more bugs than the back window.

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Tags: astronomy

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