Stay up late to enjoy an annual celestial fireworks show.
The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak late Tuesday evening into the early morning hours on Wednesday, providing skygazers with the opportunity to catch a “shooting star.”
The Leonid meteor shower peaks every year around Nov. 18. The annual meteor shower is created from the debris left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which passes through the inner solar system every 33 years. The meteor shower’s name comes from the constellation Leo, where the meteors appear to originate from.
This year the meteor shower will peak starting around midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and last into the early pre-dawn hours on Wednesday. The moon will set before midnight providing ideal conditions for spotting meteors in the night sky. The Leonids are expected to produce approximately 10-15 meteors per hour.
The Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live stream of the meteor shower for those who are unable to view it due to light pollution or poor weather conditions. Slooh’s webcast begins at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.