This photo taken by Lovato shows a bright Leonid fireball in clouds. Most of the time bad weather and clouds prevent people from seeing meteor showers, but the clouds in this image create a special effect! This fireball was photographed at 00:06 UT in the night of Nov. 16/17, 1998, using a 16 mm f/2.8 Fuji 800 lens in a 15/20 minute exposure.
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Courtesy of Lorenzo Lovato of Imola, Italy
It's Time Again for the Leonids!
News story originally written on November 14, 2001
The Leonids meteor shower is going to be really big this year! That means if there is a clear sky, you could see a thousand shooting stars in one hour!
The best time to see the meteor shower is on November 17th, really late at night! If you live in the U.S., eastern Asia or the Western Pacific, you should be able to see the meteor shower. To find out when meteor shower activity will peak in your area, use NASA's Leonid Activity Estimator.
Remember, ask your mom or dad if they will let you stay up a little later on Saturday night so you can see the shooting stars. Make sure your mom or dad comes with you to a dark viewing place. Remember, later at night is better (after midnight will be best). Dress warm!
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