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4 December 98

Shooting Stars

It was overcast on the first night of the DMS Joshua Tree trip on November 17, but the clouds parted long enough to give us a great view of the promised Leonid Meteor Shower. We saw many shooting stars, including several fireballs that lit up the sky and left glowing trails! Meteors are tiny bits of space debris that usually burn up completely in the Earth's atmosphere. You can see a few on any dark night if you're lucky, but they are unpredictable. So how can a meteor shower like the Leonids predictably return at the same time and place in the sky year after year?


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