The annual Leonides meteor shower peaks late Friday night.
According to NASA, comet Tempel-Tuttle’s Leonids shed debris as it passes close to the sun.
Comet debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere as flakes and burns up, leaving bright streaks across the night sky.
Spectators can look at the shower directly overhead, bright meteors that trail for a short time.
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However, the moon is about 35% full and will reduce the fainter meteors.
There will be about 15 to 20 meteors per hour under clear, dark skies.
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The rain takes its name from the star Leo, the lion from which its meteors seem to radiate.
When the Moon rises in the east with Leo around midnight, it is best to see the sky lying on the apparent side of the origin and looking up.
Comet Tempel-Tuttle was discovered twice independently.
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In December, sky watchers can anticipate the Geminids and Ursids.
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