The annual Leonids meteor shower is set to reach its peak.
The tiny high-speed particles come from the tail of Comet 55 P/Tempel-Tuttle, which was last in the vicinity of the Earth in 1998.
To the eye, the meteors appear to originate from a point in the constellation Leo.
This year, astronomers predict a strong peak of activity in the shower, with the best views from Asia.
On this continent, astronomers may be able to see 200-300 meteors per hour.
If the Leonid peak lasts longer than predicted, it may be possible to see the end of it from Europe.
North American observers may be able to view the shower from the early hours of the morning until dawn on Tuesday 17 November.
Viewing conditions are expected to be good this year in North America, because the Moon will not be lighting the sky.
A second, more intense outburst of Leonids may happen about 12 hours later, during the early morning hours of 18 November in Asia.
Originally posted by Happyfeet
Every year my family gets a real show from this shower. Nice news is that the moon will not be causing any trouble for us this year.
.....though with my luck it'll rain.
Originally posted by kyred
reply to post by kiwifoot
I'm hearty enough, and this night it will only get down to 49 degrees F, so that's nice. Strange weather by the way; cold October and warm November. However, by the time the shower is in full effect, we will be under a cloud cover and having some rain to boot. Oh, well. Maybe next year.
Originally posted by tracey ace
Yesterday was much clearer but did not see anything at all.