Jericho, Israel - State of
LEONID METEORS PASS BEHIND SEA LEVEL ROADSIGN NEAR JERICHO.
Two small green meteor tails are visible (center, top,left) in the desert night sky behind a road sign marking the level of the sea on the road leading from Jerusalem to Jericho during a rare display of the "Leonid" meteors early November 18. The "Leonid" meteors, named for their apparent emergence from the constellation of Leo, put on a spectacular show of shooting stars over desert areas and will not return for another 33 years. The shooting stars are caused by chunks of rock or iron from the debris trail of the Temple-Tuttle comet hitting the earth's atmosphere at speeds of around 155,000 miles per hour. Jericho and the nearby Dead Sea are the lowest points on earth at -408 meters.