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Time exposure photo of the Leonid meteor shower, taken on 18 November 1966, showing meteor trails (long streaks) & stars (short streaks). The Leonid shower occurs each year, usually reaching a maxi- mum of around 10 meteors/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/hour. A meteor is a dust particle which enters the atmosphere at speed & burns up due to friction. The Leonids occur when the Earth enters an orbiting stream of debris from the decaying comet Tempel-Tuttle.
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