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Massive Shooting Stars on Nov 18

Wow… shooting star over Brunei at dawn 3:00am, Wednesday 18.11.09. To see or not to see…. 😆 that is the question……..

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Above: Viewing East from Brunei at 3 a.m.on early Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009, meteor watchers should be able to view the Leonids meteors of radiant at the constellation Leo.
Bandar Seri Begawan – Wake up and look up the sky this November! It is the annual Leonids meteor shower show and this year, a very strong display will favor those living across most of central and eastern Asia.
On early dawn of 18 November 2009 (Brunei time), astronomers predicted an intense show of the Leonids. Also, new moon means that no interference from the moonlight thus making a perfect condition to observe the cosmic display.
"We expect the Leonids to produce upwards of 500 meteors per hour," says Bill Cooke of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. "That’s a very strong display."
Meteor observers should get to a location which provide total dark sky, or try to pick a place away from city lights in order to enjoy the show. A cloudless sky should give a wonderful display, but even if they were patches of thin clouds, small meteorites can strike through and give out very bright trails.
Scientiically, small fragments and dusts of the Comet Tempel-Tuttle will hit the earth atmosphere resulting random busting of shooting meteors. It is recommeded that skywatchers in Brunei to stay awake starting from midnight until the morning twilight.
Lets hope for clear sky.

Source: Bruneiastronomy.org

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