Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks on Thursday (SPACE.com)

SPACE.com - As the Earth moves around the sun in its annual orbit, it passes through patches of space debris left behind by comets and asteroids. As it moves through these clouds of dust and sand-sized particles, it sweeps them up, and they are heated to incandescence by friction with the Earth’s atmosphere, causing bright streaks of light in the night sky known to scientists as meteors, and to skygazers as shooting stars.

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