"Leo the Lion Plays Host to the Moon and Jupiter on the Night of the Leonid Meteor Shower"

Scheduled air date: 2003 Nov 10-16


On the mornings of November 17th through 19th, the Leonid Meteor Shower may produce a number of bright 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.  On the best night for the shower—November 17-18—the Waning Crescent Moon will appear near the giant planet Jupiter.  Because the light from the Moon will make it difficult to see all but the brighter meteors, it will probably be best to watch for meteors before local midnight.
(Shown about 3:00 AM November 18 for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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