ANST - A holiday present for us from 1405AD
gunnora at realtime.net
Thu Dec 21 06:39:33 PST 2000
In the wee hours on Friday, December 22, North America will be treated to the
Ursid meteor shower, caused by a dense trail of dust that represents remnants
of comet 8P/Tuttle, created in 1405AD. They are called Ursids because they appear
to come from the constellation of Ursa Minor (the Little Bear).
The meteors will become visible at 2:29 a.m. EST on Friday morning and will
be best viewed in the United States and Canada.
Peter Jenniskens of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute,
who is based at the NASA Ames Research Center in California and Esko Lyytinen,
a meteor-watcher in Helsinki, Finland, have submitted their predictions to WGN,
the Journal of the International Meteor Organization. They have also published
it on the Internet at http://leonid.arc.nasa.gov/leonidnews28.html.
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