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Monday, Nov. 18
Leonids will be spectacular! 2002 meteor shower could have peak rates between 600 to 2,000 per hour – biggest for the next 30 years
- Earth passes through debris streams from Comet Tempel-Tuttle next week and the resulting Leonids meteor shower could be the most visible for the next 30 years.
- Called Leonids because meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Leo, the shower is predicted to peak in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday Nov. 19.
- Stargazers in the United States will get the best chance to “catch” a shooting star as rates between 600 to 2,000 meteors per hour are possible over North America.
- Meteors are produced when bits of debris from comets or asteroids enter Earth's atmosphere and burn up, creating a brief, usually white, streak of light.
- They’re small usually between the size of a grain of sand and a pebble and fast traveling at speeds of 45 miles per second (71 kilometers per second.)
- Experts at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, predict space debris hazards to help protect satellites.
- Talk to an expert about Leonids, its importance and the best way to see this year’s “show.”
Manager, Space Science Department
Marshall Space Flight Center
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Grant Thompson (256) 544-4159
Steve Roy, Media Relations
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