The Leonid meteor shower peaks Monday and Tuesday morning

Around November 17 is the best time to see an annual meteor shower

The Leonid meteor shower happens every November as the Earth moves past some comet debris.

A comet is a chunk of rock smaller than an asteroid. It often has some ice, dust, and rock debris with it. The ice and dust are what causes that tail you often see in pictures. The dust and rock debris are what cause the meteor shower.

The annual meteor showers we see in August and October also happen as a result of the Earth traveling to comet debris areas.

Anytime we get a meteor shower, the best time to see it is after midnight.

Even though the Leonid meteor shower peaks Monday and Tuesday mornings, it'll be tough to see any shooting stars around central Ohio. The Doppler10 Weather Team says we'll have cloudy skies for most of the night both nights.

If it weren't for the clouds, you'd have the opportunity to see up to 10 to 15 shooting stars an hour over the next few nights. However, that number does depend on how dark the sky is. The less light from a nearby city and the less moonlight you have in the sky, the more meteors you'll see.

When you see these sky fireworks, you're seeing comet rock pieces burn up high in the sky. We're talking like 50 miles up! They burn up because of the friction of the air they encounter there. Imagine rubbing your hands together for a pretty long time--they'll get pretty hot. It's the same idea as these small rock pieces fall except they get hot enough to catch on fire.

The Leonid meteor shower gets its name from the Leo constellation. That's the group of stars that represents a lion. Because the meteors from this shower seem to originate in the sky from near Leo, it got the name Leonid.

Meteorologist Jeff Booth has more on the Lenoid meteor shower here if you're interested.