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Leonid meteor shower to peak Monday night, Tuesday morning

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As Earth passes through a debris field left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, the Leonid Meteor Shower is expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours of November 18.

The meteor shower takes place every November as our planet moves through space. Meteor showers are the remnants of comets that appear to ‘shoot' through the night sky as they pass through Earth's orbit.

This year, the peak of the shower is expected late evening November 17 through the pre-dawn hours of November 18, according to earthsky.com. Scientists say the days before and after the peak may see meteors as well.

Sunrise is at 6:28 a.m. Tuesday in New Orleans. Passing clouds are expected in the overnight hours, according to FOX 8 meteorologist Chris Franklin. A cold front moves through Monday, allowing for good visibility.

Generally the meteors will appear to radiate from the east, but you could see a shooting star anywhere in the sky.

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