I'm so excited about the upcoming Leonid meteor shower next week!
Some interesting facts from Space.com (Full article here):
- The meteors are debris from Comet Temple-Tuttle, and the first cloud of comet dust was released in 1567.
- This year, we should expect to see 20-30 an hour, or 1 meteor every 2-3 min...and up to 500 according to InwoodAstronomy.org!
- The meteors are likely going to be brighter than usual, so watch out for bursts of light.
- In the city it’s best to head for an open area away from local lighting. Among the good sites are the Great Lawn and Sheep Meadow (if it’s open) in Central Park, the Long Meadow of Prospect Park and Inwood Park in upper Manhattan. If you can get out of NYC, the simple rule is the farther the better...I like the overlooks on the Palisades Parkway and Ward Pound Ridge Park in northern Westchester County.
- More meteors are best seen after midnight through dawn, because then Earth’s rotation is carrying us towards the meteors.
Super helpful! Then I read in TimeOut NY that there is a group (inwoodastronomy.org) heading up to Inwood Hill Park to see it on Tues night the 17th @ 9p, so that's what I plan on doing! We have to call day of to confirm meeting place and time (917-529-2359). More details soon.
Interested in coming along? Let me know!