It promises to be quite a show for stargazers. Astronomers say this weekend´s annual Leonid meteor display may just be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and something definitely worth missing a little sleep for. It´s expected to peak early tomorrow morning, before dawn.
The meteor shower occurs every year in mid-November when Earth passes through dust trails left in space by prior passages of the Tempel-Tuttle Comet. But this year, scientists say Earth´s alignment suggests that North America will be squarely beneath some of the most vigorous shooting stars. Astronomers think viewers not distracted by city lights should be able to see as many as 70 meteors per minute at the height of the shower.