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Meteors, or shooting stars, are pieces of space rock burning up in the atmosphere as gravity pulls them towards the earth. Most meteors are created from icy comets which undergo sublimation due to the sun, turning from ice to gas.
The ice evaporates and forms a stream of debris, slamming into our atmosphere and creating a spectacular display of meteor showers in the night sky.
An annual meteor shower happens when our planet comes into a debris stream of a comet. Some major meteor showers like Lyrids and Geminids deliver 20 to 70 meteors per hour in a sporadic manner.
Meteor showers are best seen from the Northern or the Southern hemisphere, or more practically, from a remote village.
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