(Italian astrophotographer Lorenzo Lovato photographed this spectacular fireball from the 1998 Leonid meteor shower on Nov. 17, 1998/Space.com)

Grab your blankets and step outside for a spectacular sight this weekend!

According to Space.com, the famous Leonid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight on Sunday November 17th. Historically, the best time to watch was 3 a.m. EST or 12 a.m. PST.

Stargazers will be treated to a steady stream of debris left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle as the Earth passes through the thickest part of the Leonid swarm.

(Space.com)

While other meteoroid streams usually contain bits of dust and ice, the Leonid stream also contains quite a few gravel-sized bits.

When the skies are clear and dark, you can expect to see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour and, on occasion, an “outstandingly bright meteor (called a ‘fireball’) or a meteor that silently explodes in a strobe-like flash along its path (called a ‘bolide’)”, according to Space.

The best way to view this phenomenon is to bundle up in cozy sweaters and blankets, lie back on a lawn chair, and keep your eyes peeled to the sky – but don’t just stare at one spot!

Once you spot your first couple of streaks, trace them backwards until you find where they emanate from – you’ll be able to spot a backwards question mark pattern of stars that marks the head of the Leo constellation.

Make sure to keep an eye out!