Starry, starry night

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LOOK to the skies on Fri­day night (Novem­ber 17 and early in the morn­ing of Novem­ber 18) and you may find your­self run­ning out of wishes. The Leonid me­teor shower can been seen ev­ery Novem­ber, when the earth passes through de­bris from the Sun-or­bit­ing Tem­pel-tut­tle comet, bits of which burst into fire­balls as they en­ter our at­mos­phere, cre­at­ing what we call, glimpsed from so far be­low, shoot­ing stars. The Leonid me­te­ors travel at 44 miles per sec­ond. Last year, vis­i­bil­ity was poor, but this year should be ex­cel­lent be­cause of the new (not too bright) Moon on Novem­ber 18.

If you miss this one, there’ll be more as­tro­nom­i­cal magic be­fore Christ­mas. The Gem­i­nid me­teor shower will reach its peak at about 2am on De­cem­ber 14. In pre­vi­ous years, sky­watch­ers of the Ur­sid, on De­cem­ber 23 this year, have spot­ted up to 50 shoot­ing stars an hour.

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