Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Leonid Meteor Shower

See shooting stars this weekend! According to NASA, the annual Leonid meteor shower will be visible in the night sky starting tonight, November 15 and it will be at its peak in the early hours before dawn on Saturday, Nov. 17.  Where should you look in the night sky and when?  Look to the east after midnight.  The moon will set shortly after sunset, leaving a moonless sky for this year's shower. Under a dark sky, you may see anywhere from 12-20 Leonids per hour!  If there was any time to go "moon tanning" this is it!  See the (slightly geeky) movie below for where specifically to look in the sky and what causes the Leonid meteor shower every November:
Also, if you're in a star gazing mood but the weather isn't cooperating, check out 100,000 Stars, an interactive map (use Google Chrome as your web browser) that allows you to traverse the Milky Way galaxy with the click of a mouse!
(image from here)

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