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Leonid Meteor Shower expected to reach its peak on Nov. 18

Leonid meteor shower occurs around 14 to 21 November every year. In 2003, peak activity is expected to occur on 18 November.

Because meteoroids are unevenly distributed along their paths around the Sun and gravitational pull from nearby planets may perturb their orbits, the time of peak activity and the number of meteors cannot be predicted exactly.

Interested observers may consider observing the Leonid Meteor Shower a few days around the predicted peak activity. The best places for observation will be in rural areas or on high grounds with least artificial lighting and no obstruction of sight to the east such as Shek O, Sai Kung, Tai Mei Tuk etc. Some points to note for observation are as follows:

(a) Whether the event is observable or not will depend on the weather situation and the actual number of meteors.

(b) For your own safety, avoid going to remote areas for observation. Please refer to the Hong Kong Observatory Homepage for detailed information of the Leonid Meteor Shower:

http://www.hko.gov.hk/gts/astron2003/leonid_e.htm

 

 


Last revision date: <20 Dec 2012>