Leonid Meteor

Host Bob Edwards talks to Lt. Col. Don Jewell of the U.S. Air force about the Leonid meteor shower. The show is nicknamed the Leonids because ancient observers thought the meteors came from the constellation Leo which occurs every November. But every 33 years, the comet speeds through the inner solar system and sheds swarms of particles as it nears the Sun.

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