Meteor shower to light up the First Coast sky tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FL. - The annual Leonid meteor shower is expected to scream across the night sky Friday. Through night, folks on the First Coast will be able to see upwards of 10 to 20 meteors an hour.

The Leonid meteors have produced some of the most intense meteor showers visible from Earth. However, it rarely happens every year. 

Visibility of the shower tonight should only feature a few clouds and with an approaching new moon, there won't be much moonlight to block the view either.

The Leonid meteor shower occurs when the Earth crosses the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The dust and debris left behind in the wake of the comet burns up in the Earth's atmosphere, visible as shooting stars from the Earth's surface.

The pieces of debris are no bigger than a pea or a pebble, but when they burn in the Earth's atmosphere they'll light up the November night sky.

The best time to see the meteor shower is just after midnight until about 5 a.m. Saturday. Grab a blanket, find a dark spot, lay back and enjoy the show!

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