Shooting star

The Leonid meteor shower will be at its most active late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

The Leonids are known for producing meteor storms, with as much as 10-20 meteors per hour in normal years. No meteor storm is expected this year.


The meteors come from debris trailing the Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

The National Weather Service is forecasting likely rain and snow showers overnight Sunday into Monday, but things could clear out in time for the show's peak.

The shooting stars are named the Leonids because they appear to emanate from the constellation Leo, but they should be visible across the night sky. The hours before dawn are the best time to spot them.

Watch for them from a spot as far from light pollution as possible, and don't forget to bundle up.

There is one more chance to spot a meteor shower in 2014, and it's one of the year's best -- the Geminids peak the night of Dec. 13 into the morning of Dec. 14. That show can produce as many as 100 meteors per hour.

An earlier version of this post misstated the timing of the Leonids' peak. The Sun regrets the error.