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Meteor shower streaks across the night sky in UK on Christmas


Team Udayavani, Dec 28, 2020, 4:05 PM IST

A meteor shower shot across the night sky near UK’s Essex on Christmas Day, pictures of which have surfaced on social media. Paul Rowe, who captured the pictures, said that it lasted for about 15 seconds.

The annual display, known as the Ursids meteor shower, runs from about December 17 to 26 and was at its peak on December 22.

As reported by Daily mail, A meteoroid is a small chunk of asteroid or comet.  When it enters Earth’s atmosphere it becomes a meteor, fireball or shooting star.  The pieces of rock that hit the ground are meteorites, and are valuable to collectors.  The remnants must be analyzed by a lab to be accredited as meteorites.

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