NEWS

Leonid Meteor Shower To Peak Tuesday Morning

11/17/2014 05:49 EST | Updated 11/18/2014 01:59 EST

Space geeks should tilt their heads up toward the sky early Tuesday if they want to catch a glimpse of the Leonid meteor shower between midnight and dawn.

The best time to catch it is "just before sunrise" as Earth makes its annual November pass through debris left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, according to a NASA news release.

The shower will see between 10 to 15 meteors streak through the sky per hour.

And while that isn't much compared to previous showers (there were as many as 1,000 meteors per hour in a 2002 event), the Leonids are known to be bright and colourful, said CBC News.

At around 71 km/second, the meteors also rank among the fastest of any shower.

The meteors, which look like they emerge from the Leo constellation, are best seen far from city lights, lying on your back and looking upwards.

Those who don't wish to watch the meteors outdoors can see them via NASA's livestream, which will be broadcast from the Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, AL. starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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