Saturday, 17 November 2012

Leonid Meteor Shower Webcast: Watch Live Here Tonight

The annual Leonid meteor shower will peak overnight tonight (Nov. 16) and early Saturday (Nov. 17), and you can watch the celestial fireworks show live via a NASA webcast.

Scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will provide a live views of the Leonid meteor shower from an all-sky camera beginning late Friday afternoon and running through early Saturday morning.

You can also watch the Ustream feed directly from NASA here:

The meteor shower will be at its best before dawn on Saturday, at about 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT), scientists say.

The Leonid meteor shower is created by dusty debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 33 years. Each November, the Earth plows through the comet's debris stream to create amazing meteor displays.

Broadcasting live with Ustream

This year, NASA scientists predict the Leonids may be seen at a rate of 20 to 30 meteors per hour over the Americas, weather permitting. It is vital to pick an observing spot far from city lights to obtain the best views.


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