Better start brainstorming a good wish, babes, ‘cause
tonight’s your chance to send ‘em out into the universe. From sunset tonight
through dawn tomorrow (that’s dusk on Nov. 16 through sunrise Nov. 17), the
Leonid meteor shower will be visible across North America.
Peak viewing according to the experts will be around 3 a.m.
in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Why this time? Because that’s when the Earth is
due to come closest to the orbit of Tempel-Tuttle comet. What you’ll see is the
debris from the tail of the comet, which we encounter once every 33 years.
Scientists expect about a dozen shooting stars will be
visible per hour tonight. To have a good shot at seeming them, you want to be
as far away as possible from light pollution, so visit a friend who lives in
the country, if you can. Bring along a lawn chair or a sleeping bag, park it on
the ground and gaze up at the sky. Be sure to bundle up! It’s chilly out there!
Tell us, babes: Are
you gonna be wishing on shooting stars tonight?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 11/16/2012 1:10:00 PM
POSTED IN boredom buster, fall fun