NASA will provide live views of the Leonid meteor shower peak on Saturday night and early Sunday morning (Nov. 16 and 17) in a webcast from the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. On Sunday, the community telescope group Slooh will offer live views of the Lonids and Comet ISON. You can watch the webcasts live here in the window here. FULL STORY: See the Leonid Meteor Shower Peak Tonight in NASA Webcast
"The 2013 Leonid meteor shower peaks on the night of Saturday, Nov. 16 into the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 17. To assist patient skywatchers around the world, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will offer a live Ustream view of the skies over Huntsville, Ala. You can also view the Ustream feed on this page: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc."
The Slooh Leonid meteor shower webcast will begin on Sunday night, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. EST (0100 Nov. 18 GMT/5 p.m. PST) and will last 45 minutes. It will be visible here:
From Slooh: "The meteor shower, which is made of rocky bits of debris from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle, peaks every year in November. The icy comet is circling the sun and is slowly being melted by the sun's heat. It reaches the solar system once every 33 years and its long, slow disintegration has left a rocky trail millions of miles wide and hundreds of millions of miles long."
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COMET ISON Double Feature from Slooh
Sunday night's Slooh webcast of the Leonids will also feature views of the brightening Comet ISON, beginning at 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT). It will be visible below. You can also watch both webcasts via Slooh's iPad app and at the website Slooh.com.
From Slooh: "The second part of the live double broadcast will be hosted live by Paul Cox accompanied by live images of Comet ISON from Slooh’s Canary Island Observatory. Comet ISON is preparing for perihelion on November 28th when it will come just 733,000 miles from the Sun, and due to its hyperbolic trajectory it will whip around the Sun coming back virtually the same way it path as its approach. Still the big question being asked is whether or not the comet will survive that close encounter. If it does it will be visible to the naked eye making it one of the great comets. Using live images from the Slooh observatory Paul Cox will discuss the current state of the comet and what the possible outcomes of this close encounter will be as the world waits for the major question of Comet ISON’s survival to be answered. #Leonids #ISON"
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