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Time exposure photo of Leonid meteor shower, 1966

Time exposure photo of Leonid meteor shower, 1966

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Time exposure photo of the Leonid meteor shower, taken on 18 November 1966, showing numerous meteor trails. The Leonid shower occurs in November each year, usually reaching a maximum of around 10 meteors an hour on 17-18 November. Every 33 years, however, a spectacular shower occurs; the 1966 shower was the richest ever recorded, reaching a rate of 60,000 per hour at its peak. A meteor is a dust particle which enters the atmosphere at speed & burns up due to friction. The Leonid shower occurs when the Earth enters an orbiting stream of debris from the decaying comet Tempel-Tuttle.

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