Perseid meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower

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Caption: Perseid meteor shower. Man watching the Perseid meteor shower from sand dunes. This shower reaches its peak around August the 12th each year, but its meteors may be seen for about three weeks around this date. Meteor tracks, also known as falling or shooting stars, are caused by tiny dust grains entering the Earth's atmosphere. Meteor showers occur regularly each year when the Earth crosses the orbit of a comet and its debris enters into the atmosphere. The Perseid shower is associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet.

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