Baylor University
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Geology 1408 students chase the Leonid Meteor Shower

Dec. 11, 2009

Approximately 35-40 students from Geology 1408 (Earth Science) came out at 11PM on November 16th in hopes of seeing their first meteor shower and learning something about astronomy. Students were given a brief tour of the Autumn Sky, including how to find the North Star, how distances are measured in astronomy, and stellar brightness and color. Some familiar and easy to recognize constellations including Cassiopeia, Pegasus, Taurus and Orion, were pointed out, easily seen even with the lights of Baylor close by. Students also had the opportunity to view some of the individual stars (Rigel and Betelgeuse from the constellation Orion) through the geology department's 8 inch telescope. The viewing coincided with a new moon, which allowed students to count approximately 10 meteors from the Leonid shower during their time outside.

Star Party
Lauren Michele (red hat), one of the TA's for Geology 1408 talks to
some of the students at the star party.