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SPACE.com) -- Next week brings us the return of the famous Leonid meteor shower, a display that has brought great anticipation and excitement to sky watchers around the world.
From a viewing standpoint, this will be a favorable year to look for these meteors. The moon will be only a thin crescent and will set in the west long before the constellation Leo (from where the meteors get their name) begins to rise.
This is in stark contrast to 2002 when a nearly full moon lit up the sky like a spotlight and wiped out all but the brightest meteors. Last year, conditions were much better. The moon slimmed to a narrow crescent in the predawn morning sky and offered little interference. This year, the moon will be completely absent and provide perfect viewing conditions.