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Last Chance Of Century To See Leonid Meteor Shower

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This week may be the last chance to see the spectacular Leonid meteor shower for nearly a century. Scientists predict Tuesday’s storm of meteors will be visible in the night sky from Western Africa to the Eastern United States.

Don Yeomans, an astronomer at NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena says up to 5 thousand tiny meteors per hour might be visible, as shooting stars burn up in the atmosphere in brilliant streaks of light. However, because of a full moon, observers might only be able to see a few hundred per hour. The peak hours will start at about 2:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in the United States.