Meteor shower, 1878

Meteor shower, 1878

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Meteor shower, 1878. These streaks of lights in the sky are a meteor shower, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth encounters a region of space with large amounts of dust and small rocks (asteroids). The dust and debris will often be the remains of a comet (a larger astronomical body) that has disintegrated. As the tiny dust particles speed into the Earth's atmosphere they are heated by air resistance to create trails of light.

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