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The Leonid Meteor Shower will be visible late tonight (around midnight) to early dawn on Sunday. While our pals at Londonist and Gothamist will catch the best of the show, with scientists predicting 100s of meteors an hour, us West Coast folks have to settle for a paltry 10 meteors an hour.

Every November Earth passes through the debris left behind by the comet Temple-Tuttle, with more dense debris trails resulting in spectacular showers. The "shooting stars" are called Leonids because they appear to stream from the star constellation Leo.

Try to view the show away from the city to avoid light pollution and the smog layer. Unfortunately the newly re-opened Griffith Observatory will only be open until 10pm tonight so you won't be able to see the meteors from there.

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