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Last chance to catch the Leonids

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If you missed the Leonid meteor shower over the weekend, you're in luck: You'll be able to get an eyeful tonight and early Tuesday morning, when Earth will make another pass through an ancient comet's debris field.

As described by Space.com, "These ultra-swift light streaks appear to emanate from out of the constellation of Leo (hence the name, "Leonid"), a star pattern that currently rises in the northeast at 11 p.m. local time, and remains in view for the rest of the night."

It will be the last chance for this particular light show. Astronomy fans who have no desire to brave the elements to skygaze can catch the meteor shower live on Space.com's website, which will stream the telescope feed from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

On the West Coast, peak viewing time will be between 9:30 p.m. and midnight, but the viewing conditions won't be ideal. People on the East Coast may have the best chance of seeing the display. Those who do happen to catch the Leonids will see sky trails that light up for moments or even minutes.

Check out the show from a previous visit from the Leonids:

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