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Leonid Meteor Shower Tuesday Morning

Astronomers predicted an incredible show this year as the earth passed through the debris left by the Temple-Tuttle comet, creating what are commonly referred to as the Leonid Meteor showers. The best viewing in our part of the world was in the early morning on Tuesday, November 19, 2002.

Astronomers recommended viewing as far from artificial light as possible, and expected rates as high as 1000 meteors per hour for this year's shower, which would be among the highest since the 1800's.

Addition information about the Leonids is available here: Space.com.

Downtown Columbia suffers from some extreme light pollution, and you can often count visible stars on one hand there. However, the night sky in most of Adair County is still fairly awe-inspiring, and places like Gradyville and Plum Point seem ideal for star-gazing and meteor-watching. If you caught the meteor showers, post a comment below, and let us know what sort of show you saw, and where you were watching.



This story was posted on 2002-11-18 03:46:31
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