Meteor Shower to Light up the Skies

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The annual Leonid meteor shower will peak next week, but the meteors could start as soon as Tuesday night.
So what should you look for? Here’s Sacramento State astronomy professor Chris Taylor:
Taylor: “For most of the meteors, you’ll probably see a streak that might last just a few seconds. That would be basically a small dust particle that fell off the comet. If you get a particle that might be as large as the size of a pea or so, then you might see a much longer-lasting flash, a very bright streak of light. And it could even impact with a dazzling burst at the end.”
Taylor says there are only one or two meteors an hour on a typical night. During the meteor shower, he says we could see several different ones each minute.
The best night to watch will be November 17th – between 12:30 and 2:30am.