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18 November Leonid Fireballs


The night of 17 November (18 Nov UTC) was an excellent night for fireballs and radar scatter. Here are two bright, over-dense events with amazing radar scatter, occurring within minutes. First one was SSW of Oklahoma City (probably over North Texas), and the second was Northwest (over NW Oklahoma / TX Panhandle). Times are 08:36:05 Z and 08:43:55 Z. (2:36:05 and 2:43:55 AM Central)



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The annual Leonids meteor shower is set to reach its peak on Thursday, astronomers say.
The shower is caused by the Earth moving through a shower of debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle.
In most years, the shower produces some 10-15 meteors per hour.

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Museum forecasts poor visibility of Leonid meteor shower

Ten years after the great Leonid meteor shower, which many people rate as one of the most memorable celestial events, skygazers in Taiwan are anticipating another dazzling display this week but it may be muted by the effects of the moonlight, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Tuesday.
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Leonid meteor showers coming next week

They won't look like much this year, but on this day in 1833 the Leonid meteor showers gave startled scientists something to investigate.
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Once a year, the Tahoe Basin's night sky erupts with a flurry of shooting stars. The Leonids Meteor Shower is a sight not to be missed, and where better to view this natural phenomenon than through the clear autumn sky above Lake Tahoe?
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Leonid meteor shower to peak on Nov 17-18

Leonid meteor shower will peak tomorrow, but a gibbous moon will play a spoilsport for sky gazers to view the spectacular celestial fireworks.
Leonid meteor shower or shooting stars are expected to graze the sky at a rate of 60-100 on the night of November 17-18, president of NGO SPACE C B Devgun said.

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The Leonids:  the peak is on Nov. 17 in the late evening. Sadly we have a bright gibbous moon (88 percent illuminated).  The moon sets around 3 a.m., so from that time until dawn is the best time to view them. This is always a great shower. At that time, the radiant, the point from which all of the meteors appear to originate, will be in the East and about a third of the way up from the horizon. It is best to look at the sky a small distance from the radiant.
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The Leonid meteor shower reaches its peak late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, offering stargazers a chance to see more than 15 meteors an hour. With a half-full moon setting after midnight, the best time to view the shower is just before dawn, according to NASA scientists.
The Leonid meteors originated from the comet Tempel-Tuttle and in the past has attained the status of meteor storm, capable of producing hundreds of meteors an hour. Even though the shower peaks this week, it remains active until Nov. 28, according to NASA.

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Leonid meteor shower to brighten November sky

Astronomy enthusiasts will be treated with best viewing of the Leonid meteor shower in the two to three hours before dawn on November 17 and 18, says the StarDate magazine.
There is always some uncertainty in the number of meteors the Leonid shower will produce, but viewers could expect to see at least 20 meteors per hour if they have clear skies.
The nearly full Moon will set several hours before dawn, and therefore not wash out any meteors in the hours immediately before dawn.

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