08 Jan '12, 1pm

Meteor Showers in 2012: A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiat...

Meteor Showers in 2012: A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiat...

A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky . These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering the atmosphere extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface. Intense or unusual meteor showers are known to produce greater than 1,000 meteors an hour. Whether you're watching from a downtown area or the dark countryside, there are some tips to help you enjoy these celestial shows of shooting stars. Those streaks of light are really caused by tiny specks of comet-stuff hitting Earth's atmosphere at very high speed and disintegrating in flashes of light. First a word about the moon - it is not the meteor watcher's friend. Light reflecting off a bright moon ...

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