ADA - The Ohio Northern University Astronomy Club will be hosting an astronomy event for the public at the ONU Observatory on Saturday, Nov 17, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is planned to coincide with the peak of the Leonid Meteor Shower.

This annual shower has periodically produced "storms" of intense meteor activity, but Saturday it is only expected to produce 10-15 meteors/hour for a given viewer. Meteors are also called "shooting stars". They are the sand-grain-sized debris of comets that enter the Earth's atmosphere so quickly that they create a bright streak of light. The Leonid meteors originated in the Comet Temple-Tuttle. Although one does not need telescopes to see meteors, the telescopes will be turned on and tracking various deep sky objects, the crescent moon, and planets like Uranus and Jupiter.

The observatory will be closed if heavy clouds or precipitation are in the forecast. Check the Public Events homepage for cancellation: http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html

If it is clear, dress warmly - the observation deck is not heated although the bathrooms and control room are. For maps to the Observatory, see this web page: http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/ONUObservatory.html#maps