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Hunting the Leonids

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1171

Duration

00:09:00

Production year

2004

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Summary

On November 19, 2002, three astronomers, Jérémie Vaubaillon, Jean Duprat, and François Colas, came together to observe a rare astronomical phenomenon: a meteor shower. The Earth was passing through a cloud of dust left by the Tempel Tuttle comet in 1776. These shooting stars, actually tiny meteorites, were called the Leonids because they appeared to fall from the constellation Leo.

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