National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
News & Events
Leonid Star Party at Mt. Wilson
Leonid Star Party at Mt. Wilson
15 Nov 2001
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

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:

For a monthly report of the night sky, check out Hal Kibbey's StarTrak:

Other information can be found at:

News Archive Search  Go!
Show  results per page
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writers: Courtney O'Connor and Bill Dunford
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 5 Mar 2014