According to astronomy experts, sky watchers could be treated 10-15 stunning meteors an hour because the Tempel-Tuttle, a comet that orbits the sun once every 33 years, leaves behind a trail of dust in its wake, every time it completes an orbit. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures, and additional information.
The Leonids are a yearly meteor display of shooting stars that appear to radiate out of the constellation Leo. They are created when Earth crosses the path of debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which swings through the inner solar system every 33 years.
This year, the Leonids are offering an especially good show because the moon is only in its crescent phase right now (so its light isn’t too bright to wash out the meteors) and it sets in the west long before the constellation Leo begins to rise into the night sky.