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Leonid Star Party at Mt. Wilson
Leonid Star Party at Mt. Wilson
15 Nov 2001
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/leonids01.html

The Telescopes in Education organization will be hosting a Star Party once again on the evening of the 17th at Mt. Wilson. The gates to Mt. Wilson will be opened at 5, 6, 7 and possibly 8 PM on Saturday for Visitors. If you are interested bring very warm clothes, hot drinks, lawn chairs and appropriate nurishment (moon pies, Mars Bars and Milkyways). There should be plenty of telescopes to view the night sky.

The annual Leonid meteor shower will peak on the night of Nov. 17-18. If the predictions of meteor specialists hold up, there will be a meteor "storm" in some locations that will be well worth staying up after midnight to see. This year promises to provide exceptional viewing. The moon will be just a few days past "New," so it will be a nice dark night. Also, every 33 years or so, the Leonids are capable of producing a spectacular meteor storm with a thousand or more meteors per hour. This is one of those years! Most years the Leonids are only a minor shower. The Leonid meteors, so named because they appear to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion, are caused by streams of fast-moving dust particles from Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Directions for Mt. Wilson:
http://www.mtwilson.edu/General/directions.html

For a monthly report of the night sky, check out Hal Kibbey's StarTrak:
http://www.astro.indiana.edu/news/startrak.html

Other information can be found at:
http://www.skypub.com/sights/meteors/leonids/king.html

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