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Leonid Meteor Shower: What You Need to Know
" " This optical time-exposure image shows Leonid meteors as streaks contrasting with the curved tracks of star trails created by the Earth's rotation. The Leonid meteor shower, created as Earth passes through debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, will appear in the skies from Saturday Nov. 2, to Saturday, Nov. 30, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS). AdvertisementAdvertisement" " The Leonid meteor shower of 1833 was particularly notable, producing 100,000 to 200,000 meteors per hour, as shown in this illustration. This is extremely rare; the Leonid shower generally produces about 10 to 15 visible meteors per hour. According to Space.com, Leonid meteors typically start burning up when they're 87 miles (140 kilometers) above the Earth's surface, and they disintegrate long before hitting the ground.
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