"The Leonid Meteor Shower, and; The Full Moon Visits Two Planets and a Star"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Nov 06-12


On the mornings of November 17 and 18 the Leonid Meteor Shower may produce a number of bright meteors, although it won't be a particularly good year for this shower, as the light from a near Last Quarter Moon will hide the more numerous fainter meteors.
The above illustrates that these meteors appear to originate from a point (marked by the red "+" symbol) within the constellation Leo, however they can appear anywhere in the sky.  The best viewing time will be between local midnight and sunrise on November 18th.


On the evenings of November 11th and 12th, the near Full Moon will appear to pass by the planets Saturn and Jupiter.  On the 12th, the Moon will be directly between Jupiter and the bright star Aldebaran.
(Shown at 9:00 PM for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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