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Leonid Meteor Shower Returns

Peak time for viewing is midnight across the US
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2015 8:52 AM CST
Leonid Meteor Shower Returns
An astronomer observes the night sky for Leonid Meteors at an observatory near the village of Progled south of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

(Newser) – Get ready to tune your eyes on the sky: The annual Leonid meteor shower will hit its peak overnight on Tuesday, sending shooting stars above the eastern horizon around midnight local time on both coasts. Unfortunately, clouds will cover much of the skies across the US, but those in areas with a clear forecast will enjoy a dark backdrop for the colorful meteors thanks to a crescent moon. NASA predicts there will be about 15 meteors per hour, or one every four minutes, at peak time. If you can't make it until midnight, some meteors will also be visible to the east after sunset, reports Popular Science. (Read more Leonids stories.)

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