A Leonid meteor streaks across the sky over Valley of Fire State Park, about 65 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada in this four-minute camera exposure in the early morning hours of November 19, 2002. (Photo : Reuters)
Looking for a celestial show? Well this weekend is the perfect time to look up to the sky for the Leonid meteor shower that's lightening up the night sky. According to ABC News, the meteor shower peaked before dawn on Saturday and is expected to last a couple of nights more.
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The meteors, only about a dozen an hour, race through the sky in about a second or less, ABC News reported. Leonid meteor shower's peak came early Saturday morning at about 3 a.m. and was more easily visible in North America.
This year's Leonids were aided by a crescent moon, which allows skygazers to better see the show. It's recommended to head away from the cities to catch the most shooting stars. According to ABC News, those wishing to see the Leonids should make sure to have clear skies and should take time to adjust their eyes to the darknes..
So what exactly lights up the night sky in the beautiful celestial streaks? The debris left behind by comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle burns up, leaving behind bright burning streaks in the atmosphere. According to ABC, the debris comes from the constellation of Leo the Lion.
NBC News reported that those who missed the peak meteor shower on Saturday will have another chance to catch a show in the morning of Tuesday, November 20. If not, the Geminids are expected on December 13, with as much as 100 shooting stars in an hour, ABC News reported.
Not able to escape the city or wish to watch the shooting doors indoors? You can watch NASA's live stream here or watch the UStream.