Leonid Meteor Shower

Tuesday marks the expected peak of this year’s Leonid meteor shower. Experts are predicting 20 to 30 meteors per hour over the Americas.

This years meteor shower is supposed to produce a smaller sprinkling of twinkling meteors over North America with a more intense burst over Asia. The new moon will set the stage for what could be one the best Leonid showers in years according to NASA.

"We're predicting 20 to 30 meteors per hour over the Americas, and as many as 200 to 300 per hour over Asia," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "Our forecast is in good accord with independent theoretical work by other astronomers."

NASA reports that the first stream is supposed to come through at 4 a.m. Tuesday. The debris in this stream is a diffuse mix of particles from several old streams. It should create a gentle show of two to three dozen meteors per hour. For better viewing dark skies are recommended.

According to NASA every 33 years the comet Tempel-Tuttle leaves bits of debris, called Leonids, in the inner solar system. Occasionally the debris crosses earths November orbital path and when we hit it, meteors come shooting out of the constellation Leo.

For more information on Leonid Meteor Showers clink on the link to visit NASA's website.


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  • by Eh on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    I was out there from 2-4, and probably saw around 10 shooting stars laying in a field outside town. It was alright, but no 40-50 per hr kind of thing.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    day late and a dollar short on that one
  • by Db on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    I think the meteor shower happens tonight which is tuesday not last night. Just a guess.
  • by bikinibare Location: Goldsboro on Nov 17, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    I promise yall that you didn't miss a thing. I was up at 3, 4 & 5 am and didn't see the first thing!
  • by STEVEN on Nov 17, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    GOOD JOB WITN!!
  • by Me Location: Here on Nov 17, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    LOL - Yea - Thanks for the heads up on the meteor shower. This just in - Schools will open tomorrow at 10:00 am - Story given at 10:45 am.
  • by Dianne Location: NENC on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    That's exactly what I was thinking Anon. Why even bother?
  • by duh on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    hello....Tuesday 4 am should this not have been in the news yesterday???? How is anyone supposed to know? It would have been cool to see, however it was foggy this morning!
  • by Anon Location: Gville on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    You know that's terrible news to report on Tuesday at 4:52am that a meteor shower was going to occur Tuesday morning at 4am. How is anyone supposed to know it
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