Nov. 14th, 2008 12:27 am
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I just saw what looked like a shooting star except it was super bright & looked like it went straight down into the hills between Fremont & Sunol. Straight out of War of the Worlds! I normally think that stuff is in the realm of the gullible & those without critical thinking skills, but this definitely gave me a "" moment...

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Date: 2008-11-14 09:21 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-11-14 01:49 pm (UTC)
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"The Leonids are associated with the Tempel-Tuttle Comet and appear to radiate from the star constellation Leo, the Lion, for which the showers are named. One of the better showers to observe, the Leonid Meteor Shower, can produce an average of 40 meteors per hour at its peak.

Leonid meteors are visible this time of year because the Earth moves through the meteoroid stream of particles left from the comet's passage. The shower itself has a cyclic peak year approximately every 33 years when hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour, the last of these occurring in 2001.

This year, the peak viewing for the Leonids will be Monday morning. However, a few meteors may be seen from this Thursday to next Thursday".
- The Salisbury Post

See also The York Daily Record, which made me giggle with "One of the best years for the Leonid meteor shower on record was 1833. The meteor shower was so intense, Kreiger said, it frightened the plains Indians, who called the meteors "the feces of the stars.""

On a mushy note, 2001 was when Badger and I huddled close together and watched the Leonids for hours. The show was awesome. How cool to be able to do this again! Thanks for the heads up, literally!

Date: 2008-11-15 03:32 am (UTC)
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