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A thing to do on Monday and Tuesday for (completely) free

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If you’re out Monday or Tuesday night, look up in the sky and watch the shooting stars. The Leonid Meteor Shower is going to be on view Nov. 16 and 17, and NASA says it’s going to be quite a show this year.

William Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, says that at the peak on Tuesday, as many as 300 meteors an hour will fall. Unfortunately, the peak takes place before 5 pm, so we likely won’t see that many, but he said that the skies will be active enough that we may see a second peak.

The best hours for viewing will be between 2 am to 4 am, when there’ll likely be between 30 and 40 meteors an hour falling. Try to find somewhere dark. Parks is holding a meteor watching party Monday night at Fort Totten Park.

The showers are created when the earth passes through a debris belt left behind from the Tempel-Tuttle comet, which passes near the sun every 33 years.

The National Weather Service says it’s going to be clear.

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