Hot Shower Sunday

THE LEONID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle, source of the annual Leonid meteor shower. Forecasters expect 10 to 15 meteors per hour to fly out of the constellation Leo when the shower peaks on Nov. 18th.

Above: Ian Webster created this visualization of Comet Tempel-Tuttle’s debris cutting across Earth’s orbit.

Many people, when they hear “Leonids,” think of the great Leonid storms of 1999, 2001 and 2002. In November of those years, thousands of meteors per hour spilled across the skies of Europe and North America as Earth plowed through dense filaments of dust from Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Bad news: Storms won’t happen in 2019. This year, Earth is going to miss the storm-filaments, instead passing through a diffuse haze of dust that fills the space between them. Hourly counts will number in the low dozens, not thousands.

Still, it’s a meteor shower. The best time to look is during the hours before sunrise on Monday, Nov. 18th, when the constellation Leo is high in the sky. Some Leonids may also be seen at the same time on Sunday, Nov. 17th: Sky map.

@ SPACEWEATHER

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10 Responses to Hot Shower Sunday

  1. Micki the Cree says:

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    • Den says:

      Far out!

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      • Micki says:

        So, now that Trump screened this movie at the WH, some media are calling it “controversial.”

        These days, I have no idea what makes a movie “controversial.” There’s so much garbage out there…but a lot of people love garbage. The trashier, the better to them! The more gruesome the better…the more lurid, the better; the more craven and dark, the better. Not my cup ‘o tea!

        Warner Bros.’ “Joker” is officially the first R-rated movie in history to earn over $1 billion at the global box office.

        Joaquin Phoenix’s twisted take on the Batman villain marks the seventh movie this year (and first that’s not from Disney or Marvel) to join the elusive billion-dollar club. Among Warner Bros.’ movies, it’s only the seventh to reach that milestone after titles including “Aquaman” and fellow Batman films “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2”….From Variety

        In the weeks leading up to its release, “Joker” elicited security concerns over its depiction of a mass murderer. It also drew outrage from the families and friends of survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting during “The Dark Knight Rises.” But mounting concerns didn’t impact ticket sales, and “Joker” maintained a huge draw in theaters among moviegoers across the globe.

        Critics remain divided about “Joker,” which won the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival … “Joker,” a dark look at an aspiring stand-up comedian in Gotham City who descends into madness as his career and life begin to spiral out of control. The cast also includes Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz.

        No thanks…I’ll pass.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Thanks for posting this.

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  2. Micki says:

    oops…didn’t mean to post it there…

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Rained earlier. Dark during my 49 minutes around counterclockwise to the Tokyo Seoul.

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  4. Carol says:

    Went to the Wooden Nickel for the memorial for an old friend from our video store days. That also means I got to eat out, which was good since I am between meals at home. Will cook for myself tomorrow.

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