Leonid meteor shower to peak Thursday night

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(CNN) – The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak Thursday night and Friday morning.

Astronomers say you could also see it Friday night into Saturday morning.

The meteors are the size of tiny peas and sand-size bits of dust and debris crumbling off of a comet as it swings by Earth.

They are coming from the constellation Leo the Lion in the East.

Leonid is the fastest meteor shower, striking the Earth’s atmosphere at 158,000 miles per hour.

Some of the greatest showers ever seen have been Leonids. In recent years, they’ve been a full-fledged meteor “storm.”

They can be seen anywhere on Earth except Antarctica.