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November 10, 1998 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-40

Leonid Meteor Storm Won't Deter Hubble from Space Observations

November 10, 1998: The anticipated celestial bombardment called the Leonid meteor storm on the afternoon of November 17th, 1998 won't deter the Hubble telescope from its key mission of gazing far across the universe as long as the view is in the opposite direction of the incoming meteor swarm.

Using the brilliant glow of a distant quasar located near the southern boundary of the constellation Aquarius, Hubble will probe galaxy formation and the distribution of matter in space. The Hubble data will become immediately available to the astronomical community.

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Credit: NASA and STScI