Tuesday, 14. November 2006
Strong Leonid Meteor Shower Expected Nov. 18

If you live in Western Europe or eastern North America, put a big circle on your calendar around Saturday, Nov. 18. If that night is clear, bundle up warmly and head outside because you may be able to catch a glimpse of an intense, albeit brief display of Leonid meteors.

Leonid fireball on November 18, 1999

The Leonids are composed of the dusty debris that has been shed by the comet Temple-Tuttle, a small celestial body that orbits the Sun at 33-year intervals. In those years during and then for several years after the comet has swept through the inner solar system, it has had a propensity for producing spectacular meteor displays; meteors falling by the hundreds, if not thousands per hour.

These "shooting stars" all apparently emanate from the constellation of Leo, the Lion. Hence the name "Leonids."

Strong Leonid Meteor Shower Expected Nov. 18 by Space.com.
NOTE: Sunday, Nov. 19. for Europe.

See also:
Comets, Meteors & Myth:
New Evidence for Toppled Civilizations and Biblical Tales

A meteor shower is a spectacular sight to see, but what exactly causes it? Though often referred to as a shooting star, a meteor is not a star at all. Meteors are actually fallen debris from a comet.
All About Meteors

A comet is a minor planet made up of rock, dust and ice. It originates from a cloud of debris remaining from the condensation of the solar nebula. Comets are unique because they are created in the outer solar system, and are greatly affected by the planets they pass.
All About Comets

Comet Liner C2001 A2

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