Streaking high above diffuse clouds [ http://vortex.plymouth.edu/clouds.html ] -- but well in front of distant stars -- are sand-sized bits of an ancient comet: meteors [ http://www.nineplanets.org/meteorites.html ]. These bits flaked off Comet Tempel-Tuttle [ http://www.lowell.edu/users/farnham/tt/ ] during its pass through the inner Solar System [ http://www.nineplanets.org/overview.html ] about 150 years ago. Far in the background are stars toward the constellation [ http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/history/exhibits/constellations/ ] of Ursa Major [ http://www.seds.org/Maps/Stars_en/Fig/ursamajor.html ]. The above image is digital combination of 12 exposures taken on the morning of November 19 from Florida [ http://www.state.fl.us/ ], USA [ http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/us.html ]. Observers there reported [ http://meteors.com/leonidmac/articles/the_rain_in.txt ] a strong peak in faint meteors [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap991124.html ] between 5:30 and 6:00 EST [ http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/EasternStandardTime.html ], with a particularly strong minute coming at 5:46 EST when 22 Leonid meteors [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap021127.html ] were counted. The likely less impressive Geminid meteor shower [ http://www.space.com/spacewatch/geminid_preview_021007.html ] will peak over the next three nights.