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Photo: Stargazers walk along the Great Wall of China to watch the Leonid meteor shower from Badaling Pass on Nov. 18, 1998. The annual display is one of the highlights of the year in the night sky.
Guide to Viewing the Leonids
Cosmic/Space News: Meteor Showers
Nov 17, 2006
Mid-November brings us the return of the famous Leonid meteor shower, which has a storied history of producing some of the most sensational meteor displays ever recorded.
These meteors travel along the orbit of periodic Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, and whenever that comet is passing through the inner solar system, the Leonids have a chance to provide us with a dramatic show. But the most recent passage of the comet around the sun came back in 1998, and we are now well past the favored time frame when, for several years running, observers in various parts of the world were witnessing very strong, even storm-level Leonid activity.
The most recent Leonid storms occurred in 2001 and 2002.


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