Comet Tempel-Tuttle

The Leonid meteor shower begins tonight – here’s how to watch the sky’s brilliant show!

It's that time of year again - the Earth is about to drive through the stream of debris that trails the Tempel-Tuttle comet - and that means METEOR SHOWER! The spectacular Leonid meteor shower will steak meteors from a point just below the head of the constellation Leo, the lion (hence the shower's name - Leonid). From that point, meteors will fly in all directions - even upward! The Leonid meteor shower is one of the best annual showers for meteor watching. In some years, it can produce as many as 50,000 meteors per hour. 1966 was the last great "meteor storm". Thousands of meteors per minute fell through Earth's atmosphere during a 15-minute period. There were so many meteors seen that they appeared to fall