According to, the annual meteor shower occurs when Earth’s orbit crosses with that of the Tempel-Tuttle Comet, which travels around the sun every 33.3 years. The debris from the comet results in the shower, which, on good years, turns into a storm and produces as many as 1,000 meteors an hour. Although EarthSky predicts this year’s shower will be slightly less lively than usual — with only 10 to 15 meteors per hour at its peak — there should be clear views for those who do venture out for a look. The new moon takes place on November 18, meaning that the bright light of a full moon, which can interfere with meteor shower viewings, won’t be a factor this time around.

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