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  • Leonids in the Crystal Ball

    1999April 6, 2011

    Most experts agree that 1999 is a likely year for a full-fledged Leonids meteor storm. Other forecasters think that better displays could be in store for 2000 - 2002. Whatever the case, the place to be before dawn on November 18, 1999 is outdoors and looking up!

  • Galileo's No Turkey

    1999April 6, 2011

    NASA's Galileo spacecraft survived another daring encounter with Io on Thanksgiving Day, but not before giving ground controllers something to worry about.

  • Galaxies in Collision

    1999April 6, 2011

    New images from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal an unprecedented number of colliding galaxies in a distant cluster 8 billion light years away.

  • There Goes the Sun

    1999April 6, 2011

    On the verge of solar maximum, the August 11, 1999 solar eclipse promises to dazzle millions in the path of totality.

  • Meteorsby Moonlight

    1999April 6, 2011

    Meteor watching in 1999 began with a whimper, but it could end with a bang. Prospects for viewing "falling stars" in 1999.

  • Huge Fireball Dazzles Midwest

    1999April 6, 2011

    Tuesday night an unusual Earth-grazing fireball attracted stares in over a half-dozen US states. Could it be a taste of things to come when the Leonids peak Thursday morning?

  • Hunting for Halley's Comet

    1999April 6, 2011

    This weekend, a high-flying weather balloon takes off from Kansas in search of meteoroids from comet Halley.

  • Pop! Ping! Perseids!

    1999April 6, 2011

    The PerseidsLive! meteor balloon ruptured prematurely on its way to the stratosphere. Nevertheless, many observers on the ground were able to see and listen to Perseid meteors. This story includes RealVideo of the meteor balloon popping and an audio recording of a Perseid meteor radar "ping."

  • Venus Lends a Hand

    1999April 6, 2011

    En route to Saturn, Cassini flew less than 400 miles above Venus today, gaining a boost in speed from that planet's gravity.

  • This Eclipse is History

    1999April 6, 2011

    A NASA scientist views the eclipse from the foothills of Transylvania, home of ancient legends and modern science. Includes video replays from NASA TV and an audio account of the eclipse as seen from Romania.