Interested in a star-studded late-night extravaganza? Catch the Leonid Meteor Shower, November 13-21. Meteors will peak on the 17th with the best viewing for our area being between 2:30 am and 4:30 am. According to Astronomy Senior Editor Richard Talcott, “If the weather cooperates, viewing conditions should be nearly ideal. Observers normally can see 20 to 30 meteors per hour at the peak, but rates could spike considerably this year.”
In 1609 Galileo made his first major telescopic discoveries. To honor the 400th anniversary of his legendary observations, 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO. Our Todd Library display features many beautiful astronomy titles. Check one out and brush up on your star gazing!