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Astronomy Program to Describe the Famous November Leonid Meteor Shower

13 Nov 2017 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society have enjoyed a long partnership of presenting free astronomy programs to families living in northwest Arkansas.  The November 2017 program includes what to expect from this year’s Leonid meteor shower, and of course night sky viewing through the Sugar Creek group’s powerful telescopes.

Tempel-Tuttle is a periodic comet discovered by Wilhelm Tempel on December 19, 1865, and by Horace Parnell Tuttle on January 6, 1866, with an orbital period of 33 years.  It is the parent body and source of the Leonid meteor showers.  An annual Leonid meteor shower may deposit 12 or 13 tons of particles across the entire planet.  In mid-November, these spectacular “shooting stars” will streak through the night sky as they invade the earth’s atmosphere.  The Tempel-Tuttle comet is responsible for some of the most intense meteor storms in history.  This November we should expect to see 10 to 20 “shooting stars” per hour. 

What to Bring if you can:

·      Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
·      Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)
·      Folding chair – one per person
·      Star chart (if you have one)

Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

When:   Saturday November 18, 2017

Time:     4:15 pm Lecture   5:15 for night viewing

Cost:      Free

To learn more about the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, go to:

For more information:  479-789-5000

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