EDUCATION: Looking for Leonids

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Science  24 Oct 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5645, pp. 541
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5645.541e

Next month, Earth once again plows into the flotsam shed by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, sparking the annual Leonid meteor shower. Look skyward at the right time, and you could see more than 100 blazing meteors in a single hour. To find out when to spot the Leonids or learn about other upcoming astronomical light shows, check out this site sponsored by the American Meteor Society. A calendar pinpoints prime viewing times and dates for meteor showers. For U.S. sky watchers, the best viewing for the Leonids will be on 16 and 17 November. Seven visible comets are also lingering in our neighborhood. The site offers observing tips and background information on comets, meteorites, and asteroids.

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