Monday, November 16, 2009

The Leonid Meteor Showers Begin Tonight

(Photo: Via Huffpost)

According to the sky-watchers, this year is gonna "great, with one of the biggest meteor shower events of our lifetime." A Linkee, provides the allegedly best locations from which to observe them, with promises for up-dates. I wrote the one for Albuquerque: Go east, out toward Edgewood, at the top of Sedillo Hill, where you look out onto the Estancia valley, and there's very little light; or north/south on old hiway 14, towards the Crest or Chililli. Another cool thing might be to drive up to the rest area at the top of La Bajada...

On Nov. 17, 2009, Earth will pass through the "1466 stream" again, but this time closer to the center. Based on the number of meteors observed in 2008, Vaubaillon can estimate the strength of the coming display: five hundred or more Leonids per hour. The times provided are optimal view hours for PST, but the Leonid Meteor shower may last up to two days so there may be other times for optimal viewing. That time begins at 11:00 pst.

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