Leonid viewing set at Hobbs State Park
A Leonid meteor shower viewing program will be held at 4:15 p.m. (lecture) and 5:15 p.m. (night viewing) Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Arkansas 12, just east of the Arkansas 12/War Eagle Road intersection. The program is free. Tempel-Tuttle is a periodic comet and the parent body and source of the Leonid meteor showers.
An annual Leonid meteor shower may deposit 12 to 13 tons of particles across the entire planet. In mid-November, these spectacular “shooting stars” will streak through the night sky as they invade the earth’s atmosphere.
The Tempel-Tuttle comet is responsible for some of the most intense meteor storms in history. This November, viewers should expect to see 10 to 20 “shooting stars” per hour.
Bring a flashlight covered with a red cloth or red balloon, binoculars and/or telescope (if you have them), a folding chair per person, and a star chart (if you have one).
For more information, call 479-789-5000.