Leonid view­ing set at Hobbs State Park

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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.

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