Heavy Showers - Thanks to Clear Skies

Meteor shower could be spectacular tonight

By Whitney Southwick
|  Monday, Nov 16, 2009  |  Updated 9:15 AM PDT
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Heavy Showers - Thanks to Clear Skies

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Leonid meteor streaks across the sky

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Monday night's peak of the Leonid Meteor Showers could be the best in years.  In San Diego, the peak hour is 1:00 a.m. If we're lucky, we could see 20-30 brightly lit shooting stars as they explode into our upper atmosphere.

It's a new moon which means there will be no moonlight to put a dimmer on the show and if you head east, into the mountains or deserts, away from the impact of the city lights, it will be even more spectacular.  Of course, if you were on the other side of the world it would be even better as 200-300 hourly meteor strikes are expected.

The showers are debris from the Comet Temple-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 33 years - tonight, the earth passes through the left-overs from the last passing.  The forecast is calling for clear skies and, without the moon, it should be quite a sight. 

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