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On August 11 and 12, the annual Perseid meteor shower peaked, filling the sky with streaks of light, commonly known as shooting stars. Such visually stunning showers are actually but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to meteoroids slamming into Earth’s atmosphere. Some 10 to 40 tons of material of invisible meteoric dust enters the atmosphere from interplanetary space every day.

Read a detailled explanation of meteor showers

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Read a detailled explanation of meteor showers

Videos




via Storyful

Perseid Meteor Shower Aug 2013 from Mary Poon on Vimeo.



Perseid Meteor Shower – 2013 from ADK Graphic Design & Photography on Vimeo.



2013 Perseids Meteor Shower: Meteor Explosion from Michael Chung on Vimeo.



Perseid Meteor Shower Workshop 2013 – Behind the Scenes from Henry Jun Wah Lee / Evosia on Vimeo.



Read a detailled explanation of meteor showers

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