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Moffett describes Leonids and the nighttime show it promises

David Moffett, Department of Physics.

Last updated November 18, 2022

By Tina Underwood

Those who braved the cold wee hours of Nov. 18 got a treat from the night sky courtesy of the Leonids meteor shower. Furman University’s Dave Moffett, a physics professor, teed it up for viewers on WYFF News 4. “This meteor in historical records has actually given us what are called meteor storms,” he said. “About every 33 years we get a meteor storm because the earth passes through a debris field that has more material from a comet that’s actually orbiting the sun now. Bring a blanket, bring some more clothing because it can be really cold, and just look up and you’ll be blessed with at least a couple of meteors.”

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