You had to get up pretty early to enjoy the
Leonids meteor shower this morning, but stargazers weren´t
Nasa officials say more than 1,000 meteors a hour lighted the
sky between one and three a-m, and many of them were bright enough
to cast a shadow.
Atop Mount Wilson northeast of Los Angeles, a meteor-watching
party of about 75 people oohed and aahed every few seconds as a bit
of space dust burned harmlessly into the atmosphere. Many of the
meteors left trails that glowed in the sky for several seconds.
The Leonids are dusty remnants of a comet tail that Earth passes
through every year, but this year´s light show was more intense
than it´s been in decades. Astronomers estimate it will be close to
a century before the Leonids burn as brightly as they did this