Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Porn of the Day: Leonid Meteor Shower is Tonight!

I almost forgot to remind everyone: Tonight is one of the nicer meteor showers of the year, and it'll happen when the Moon isn't muddling the darkness much. Best time to watch? After midnight, but any time after 10pm is good.

Click the image to see the Astronomy Magazine article.

This shower is special in that, some years, we get thousands of meteors per hour, and they hit so fast (40 MILES per SECOND) that they leave outstanding fireballs and smoke-trails.

Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, two-and-a-half miles across and passing us every 33 years, is responsible for this light show. Where to look? Toward the constellation Leo!

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