Las Vegas, United States of America
PEOPLE WATCH FOR LEONID METEORS AT ECHO BAY MARINA AIRSTRIP IN NEVADA.
From left, Omar Carrillo, 20, Naida Mesa, 16, and Miriam Luna, 23, all
of Las Vegas, Nevada, bundle up as they scan the sky for Leonid meteors
while they lie on the Echo Bay Marina Airstrip in the Lake Mead
National Recreation Area, about 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in the
early morning hours of November 19, 2002. The meteor shower is a result
of the earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet
Temple-Tuttle. The streaking light show is caused by small pieces of
the comet burning up as they hit the atmosphere at over 160,000 mph.
The meteor shower is visible every mid-November and gets its name from
the fact that the meteors appear to radiate from a point in the
constellation Leo. REUTERS/Ethan Miller