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Catching Showers

10 Oct 2017, 05:00 UTC
Catching Showers
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Several well-known meteor showers punctuate this month’s night skies. Most of them produce only a handful of “shooting stars” per hour, so there’s not much to see. And even the best of them generate no more than a score of meteors per hour, and only for a short time.

Astronomers have also compiled a list of possible meteor showers — more than 300 spread throughout the year. And they’re using networks of automated cameras and telescopes to try to confirm them. The observations will help the astronomers identify the objects that cause the showers.

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