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  • Leonids in the Crystal Ball

    1999April 6, 2011

    Most experts agree that 1999 is a likely year for a full-fledged Leonids meteor storm. Other forecasters think that better displays could be in store for 2000 - 2002. Whatever the case, the place to be before dawn on November 18, 1999 is outdoors and looking up!

  • Huge Fireball Dazzles Midwest

    1999April 6, 2011

    Tuesday night an unusual Earth-grazing fireball attracted stares in over a half-dozen US states. Could it be a taste of things to come when the Leonids peak Thursday morning?

  • Going Comet Wild

    1999April 6, 2011

    The Stardust spacecraft is poised to blast off on a rendezvous with a comet - and set to bring back pieces of the comet's coma to Earth.

  • Hunting for Halley's Comet

    1999April 6, 2011

    This weekend, a high-flying weather balloon takes off from Kansas in search of meteoroids from comet Halley.

  • A Wild Ride in Search of Meteors

    1999April 6, 2011

    On April 11, NASA scientists successfully launched a weather balloon designed to capture meteoroids in the stratosphere. Video highlights from the flight include the sunset as seen from 80,000 ft. and eerie gurgling sounds caused by high altitude winds.

  • What next, Leonids?

    1999April 6, 2011

    The Leonids of 1999 provided skywatchers in Europe and the Middle East with a tremendous show of over 1500 Meteorsper hour at the peak. What lies in store for stargazers next year and in the early 21st century? Read what the experts say!

  • NASA Meteor Balloon Rises Again

    1999April 6, 2011

    NASA scientists and ham radio amateurs are teaming up for a weather balloon flight to the stratosphere during the Leonid meteor shower on November 18, 1999. The balloon will transmit a live webcast of the shower from an altitude of 100,000 ft or more, far above any bad weather or obscuring clouds.

  • Leonids Rain in Spain

    1999April 6, 2011

    An outburst of over 1500 Leonid Meteorsper hour dazzled observers in Europe and the Middle East.

  • Leonids Control Center monitors meteor activity

    1999April 6, 2011

    International team will provide meteor counts for satellite operators

  • Tuning in to April meteor showers

    1999April 6, 2011

    Last week's Lyrid meteor shower was a bit of a disappointment visually, but it put on quite a show for radio observers. In this story you can learn about the basics of radio Meteorsand listen to radar echoes from a bright shooting star.