BOULDER--Two research aircraft carrying new scientific observing instruments and high-definition TV cameras will seize a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to observe in stereo the Leonids meteors, expected to race at 160,000 miles per hour and bright as Venus into the Earth's upper atmosphere on November 17. An L-188C Electra, owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, will depart from Jefferson County Airport on November 5, to be joined by an Air Force KC-135 in the night skies over Okinawa, Japan, during the two-hour meteor storm. Only once a century does the Earth's orbit cross the dense part of the tail of comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle, which produces the storm. NSF is NCAR's primary sponsor.
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