The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Nov. 17 and Nov. 20.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Keep your eyes on the sky during Sunday and Monday's pre-dawn hours because that's when the famous Leonid Meteor Shower is expected to peak. These meteors are fast (about 40 miles per second) and can leave trails of smoke, according to Astronomy.com. They will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion and can vary in color. "Many Leonids are also bright. Usually, the meteors are white or bluish-white, but in recent years some observers reported yellow-pink and copper-colored ones," according to Astronomy.com. Here's one of the 10 coolest things to know about the Leonids, from Space.com: "Leonids are spawned by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Every 33 years, it rounds the Sun and then goes back to the outer solar system. On each …
Shooting stars will be flying early in the morning this weekend in Golden Valley. The Orionids meteor shower promises to be a show worth watching.
The offspring of Halley's Comet are about to put on quite a show in the skies of Golden Valley. Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet beginning Oct. 15, which will give us the benefit of the annual Orionids meteor shower—though you probably won't see much until a bit later. In Golden Valley, Theodore Wirth Park offers some dark spots to sit and gaze at the sky, though the park closes at 10 p.m. Schaper Park doesn't close until 10:30 and has some scenic walkways and trails that could make it easy to spot the shooting stars. The shower should be at its peak the night of Saturday, Oct. 20, until just before dawn on Oct. 21. This year, the moon will be setting at approximately midnight, which will keep the sky darkened…