The Leonids are Coming! The Leonids are Coming!
A memorable light show or just a bracing shower?
This Nov. 17, Earth makes its closest approach in 33 years to Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, but it isn't clear how dramatic the annual light show put on by its trail of dusty debris the Leonid meteoroids will prove to be.
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Yeomans, D.K., K.K. Yau, and P.R. Weissman. 1996. The impending appearance of Comet Tempel-Tuttle and the Leonid meteors. Icarus 124:407.
Cowen, R. 1997. Leonids: The coming storm. Science News 151(June 14):371.
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