Thursday, November 16, 2006

WWdN: In Exile: possible huge leonid storm this weekend

According to Wil Wheaton according to
A rather narrow but dense ribbon of dust was shed by comet Temple-Tuttle when it
passed the Sun in 1932. When the Earth interacted with that dusty trail
back in 1969, it produced a brief bevy of some 200 to 300 meteors in less than
hour. In 2006, Earth will be nearly twice as far away from the comet as opposed
to 1969, but expectations are that as many as 100 to 150 Leonids may streak
across the sky in only an hour’s time as we interact with that decades-old
ribbon of debris again.The expected time of peak activity is 11:45 p.m. EST on
the night of Nov. 18.
So let's go outside about midnight, folx...

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