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Leonid meteor shower -November 16, 2009 - Nov 16, 2009 at 12:37PM
Ajay Narayanan
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National Geographic is reporting that you might see between 30 to 300 trails per hour radiating from the constellation Leo. Leo is supposed to rise between 1-3 a.m. depending on your location  in the north eastern part of the sky.

The full article is here:


I will have no luck seeing this given the weather here in western WA. If you want to plan out observations, see the next post for a resource that will help you know the sky conditions in advance. It's an astronomer's forecast...


Post edited November 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM EST.

Post edited November 16, 2009 at 12:55 PM EST.

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Planning Observations with an Astronomer's forecast... - Nov 16 2009 1:00PM
Ajay Narayanan
16 Posts

An invaluable resource is the clearsky chart maintained by Attila Danko with data from the Canadian Metereological Center. The forecast is for North America only and goes out two days with hourly information for cloud cover, transparency, seeing, darkness etc.

Go here and find the location nearest to you that has a premade chart: http://www.cleardarksky.com/csk/
If you click on the hourly blocks, a map showing conditions will open up for that hour.

I have found that the predictions work for me about 80 -90% of the time. This is an impression I have gathered over the last  two years. People in other locations find the page doesn't work for them and others swear by it.  

You can also find widgets on the web if you do a search that will display all this information on your desktop.

Clear skies to you.


Post edited November 16, 2009 at 12:48 PM EST.

Post edited November 16, 2009 at 6:55 PM EST.

Re: Leonid meteor shower -November 16, 2009 - Nov 16 2009 7:52PM
Ajay Narayanan
16 Posts

Here's a cool Java based  tool called the "FLUXTIMATOR" (not kidding) set up by NASA to help you calculate the meteor shower activity at your site.

The Automatic Systematic Articulated Global Meteor Shower FLUXTIMATOR

Have fun with it.


Video of Giant Fire Ball not part of the Leonids - Nov 19 2009 12:52PM
Ajay Narayanan
16 Posts

The sighting was in the Western U.S. Link to KSL TV in Salt Lake Utah is below. They have video footage with interviews with professors at University of Utah's Astronomy department.



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