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Leonid meteor shower. Illustration of leonid meteors over Japan. Meteors, or shooting stars, are particles of dust that enter the Earths atmosphere at speeds of 35-95 kilometers per second. The Leonid meteor shower occurs every year around 17th of November when the Earth crosses the path of debris produced by the Tempel-Tuttle (55P) comet. Tempel-Tuttle orbits the Sun every 33 years, jettisoning meteoroids that streak the sky as they burn in the Earths atmosphere. The Leonids get their name from the point, or radiant, from which they appear to emanate.The radiant is in the constellation Leo, which rises in the eastern sky at night, getting higher toward morning.
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