While this is not visible with the naked eye, you can see it with binoculars. But Saturday, about 3 a.m. ET, will have less moonlight obstructing the view of the meteors in the United States. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo but can appear anywhere in the sky.
A meteor shower weekend is coming up and with high pressure nearby there will be a lot of fine, dry and calm weather about.
It's expected that as many as 15 meteors will be visible each hour.
The Leonid shower should be visible in some parts of the UK tonight. Credit PA
The Leonid meteor shower is named after the constellation Leo, which is located in roughly the same point of the night sky where the Leonid meteor shower appears to originate from.
The bright meteors can also be colorful, and they're fast, moving at 44 miles per second - among the fastest meteors.
Dr Mason said a much more spectacular display is due over the United Kingdom with the Geminids meteor shower due on December 13. In 1966, the Leonid shower produced thousands of shooting stars an hour at the peak. Beforehand, check out TimeandDate.com to see when the Leonids will be visible in your area. And with this weekend's moon shining at a almost full waxing gibbous phase, it's better to look out for the Leonids with no moon in the sky at all. "Be patient - the show will last until dawn".
Astronomers call for 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak, which happens Saturday night through Sunday morning. For the best show, observers should head as far from the city as possible - artificial lights drown out fainter meteors and render the brighter ones less impressive. I was six-years-old when I saw Saturn for the first time, and I still remember it, so I think it's very important to bring the little ones out as well.