Leonid meteor shower darts across Liberty Hill skies

Leonid meteor shower in Liberty Hill (Michael Mauldin/ReportIt)

LIBERTY HILL, Texas (KXAN) — Michael Mauldin was up early Tuesday morning, snagging some stunning shots of the Leonid meteor shower. He sent those and an amazing timelapse video using our ReportIt feature. Using a special camera exposure, Mauldin says the clouds parted long enough for him to get a photo of a Leonid meteor that darted across the Liberty Hill sky at 4:47 a.m. He says the blue streak to the left of the meteor is a satellite trail.

Leonid meteor shower in Liberty Hill (Michael Mauldin/ReportIt)
Leonid meteor shower in Liberty Hill (Michael Mauldin/ReportIt)
Leonid meteor shower in Liberty Hill (Michael Mauldin/ReportIt)
Leonid meteor shower in Liberty Hill (Michael Mauldin/ReportIt)

Mauldin also managed to record a timelapse video. He ran the camera between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday, producing the gorgeous 33-second clip. If you look closely enough, you can see the meteor streak across.

The famous Leonid meteor shower happens when the Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle, according to EarthSky. The website says “the comet, like all comets, litters its orbit with bits of debris. It’s when this comet debris enters Earth’s atmosphere, and vaporizes, that we see the Leonid meteor shower.” Peaking between midnight Monday and dawn Tuesday, the Leonid meteor shower happens every year at this time “as our world moves through space.” And while EarthSky says this shower is known for its periodic storms, no Leonid storm is expected this year.

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