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Attack of the Leonids

It’s time for the annual meteor shower from the Leonids. Unfortunately this year’s Leonids are likely to be a big disappointment since they are scheduled to peak tomorrow when the moon is just past full, thus flooding the sky with bright light. Their display will be weak and affected by the intensive moonlight.

However, the Russian meteor scientist Mikhail Maslov has discovered an old trail from the Tempel-Tuttle comet dating from the year 1167. The Leonid meteors are generally caused by the debris following in the wake of the comet, but this particular alternative trail could produce an encounter on November 21, that is next Monday. Perhaps it will be more spectacular than the moonlit regulars?

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