The most breathtaking moments from the Leonids meteor shower

So What Causes a Meteor Shower?
So What Causes a Meteor Shower?

In the early hours of November 18th, the Leonid meteor shower danced across the sky, infused with spectacular sparkles and glow.

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According to Yahoo News, "Leonids travel at speeds of 44 miles per second and occur every November."

The meteor shower fly across the sky, starting around midnight local time, while most of the population was tucked comfortably in our beds. But, lucky for us, the "night owls" of America stayed awake to take some truly amazing moments from last night's Leonid meteor shower.

Take a look at these beautiful Instagrams taken across the world:

See spectacular photos from the Perseid meteor shower in August of 2015:

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