Leonid meteor shower lights up night sky with spectacular shooting stars
The Leonid is expected to be most visible in the early hours of the morning on Monday, between 2am and 4am.
This Sunday, there was no need for telescopes as the shower was perfectly visible to the naked eye – providing clouds stay away, that is.
The Leonid Meteor shower peaks tonight! This time-lapse is from the 2009 Leonids. pic.twitter.com/PYxrZqI1xb— Jeff Sullivan Photo (@JeffSullPhoto) November 17, 2019
The Leonid meteor shower is named after the constellation Leo (the Lion), and takes place every year when the Earth passes through the debris field left in the wake of the Temple-Tuttle Comet creating shooting stars, streaks of light in the night sky lasting less than a second, as the cosmic debris burns up in our atmosphere.
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