Meteor shower forecast over the weekend
Updated: 2004-11-19 09:12
Chinese skies will be lit up
with hundreds of "shooting stars" on Saturday night.
According to the
Purple Mountain Observatory, based in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu
Province, Asia will be the best place to observe the Leonid meteor shower taking
place at 5:49 am Saturday.
The shower will also be visible Nov. 17, 18
and 19 -- but the show will less spectacular than that on Saturday, said Wang
Sichao, a research fellow with the observatory.
Wang said star-gazers
should look for the star shower 40 minutes after the sunset in an open
A Leonid meteor shower is a stream of dust particles or debris,
sometimes as small as a tiny grain of sand.
Chinese star-gazers witnessed
a spectacular Leonid shower in 2000, when more than 3,000 meteors were visible