Last update: November 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Galloway Forest Park, which was the first dark-sky park in Europe.
The park is an ideal location for viewing the Leonid meteor shower when it reaches its peak on November 17 and 18. The annual event earned its name because its brilliant lights appear to be radiating from the constellation Leo.
The fiery streaks visible during the shower are formed as the Earth passes throughout the debris trails left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle.
This image, which highlights the remoteness of the park, is a composite of the best cloud-free photographs captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory