When the Leonids made their last appearance, in 1966, the only recognisable judgement day was for English football - that famous victory in the World Cup. Science can now explain much of the mystery of the Leonids, such as why they appear about once in 33 years, and why some years are more spectacular than others. It has something to do with the successive trails of icy debris left behind by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which passes by every 33 years.
In our more explicable world, we know it is no more than coincidence that the Leonids will make a reappearance on yet another day of judgement for England. But this time, with a two-goal difference, we can't help wondering whether even the heavenly omens have it in for Scotland.Reuse content