WATCH: Meteor streaks across Southern U.S. sky


Meteor seen in RGV (source: Rocio Cuellar)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) — Many people saw a meteor light up the night Thursday during a meteor shower.

The Leonid meteor shower peaked on Monday and continued throughout the week.

“The annual Leonids [meteor shower], caused by Earth passing harmlessly through the debris left by comet Tempel-Tuttle, peaks in the pre-dawn hours tomorrow,” the NASA Solar System account tweeted Monday.

The comet Tempel-Tuttle sweeps through the inner solar system every 33.3 years.

Video of the meteor captured by Rocio Cuellar

In 2019, the view of the shower was hindered for many by the light of the moon. This year, a thin, crescent moon was only 5% illuminated, making it easier to see the meteors. Below is a video of the 2019 display.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local News

More Local

Trending Stories