Are You Watching The Leonid Meteor Shower This Week?
For those who may not know, and that's probably all of you, I am quite the space/sky nut! I love sitting outside and looking at the starry night sky, who doesn't? What I really enjoy more than anything is understanding the science behind everything we see in the great dark yonder.
The Annual Leonid Meteor Shower is a spectacular event in which the earth crosses the orbital path of the comet Tempel-Tuttle which of course is constantly shedding bits of dust and debris behind it which burn up as they attempt to enter earth's atmosphere. Did you know that most of the meteors you will see from this even are only about the size of a pea? A freakin' pea!
For the best viewing you want to be somewhere dark, duh, with a good view of the eastern sky between midnight and dawn on the 17th and 18th. Try and get some photos or videos to share with the Moose crew, and happy star-gazing!