Leonids

Meteor Showers May Again Be
Obscured by the Raining Kind

This morning, early dawn, the Leonids annual meteor shower arrives again. Although historically known to be the most active of the various of its kind throughout the year, this time around astronomers expect the show to be of the modest kind, because the moon will be almost full. But if you live in New York, you wound’t know it either way.
After a few unusually warm nights, fall in the Eastern Seaboard remains as unpredictable as a meteor count, and a cloud-covered night sky will produce plenty of showers but no view of the ancient phenomenon. Hadn’t been for the rain, it would’ve been the city lights. As Roseanna used to say, there’s always something… (Don’t ask.)
But before you think this whole post was a waste of your stellar time, did you know that the Leonids, and most other meteor showers, happen when Earth plows through a trail of debris left in the wake of a comet orbiting the sun—in this case, comet Tempel-Tuttle?
There you have it: you may not be seeing meteor showers any time soon, but you can take this little piece of information all the way to the bank. Or to a Central Park bench. Just don’t forget the umbrella. As they say, Wednesday things may even improve.

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