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A number of meteors that appear to radiate from one point in the sky at a particular date each year, due to the earth's regularly passing through a field of particles at that position in its orbit. Meteor showers are named after the constellation in which the radiant is situated, e.g., the Perseids.
- ‘Although summer is the best time to view the most dramatic showers, you may still be able to see the Geminids, a meteor shower that typically shows up around the middle of December.’
- ‘The Leonid meteor shower, which radiates from the so-called sickle of Leo, displays a double peak this year.’
- ‘It was a rare thirty-year occurrence, a large meteor shower as bright and wonderful as any fireworks display.’
- ‘But then you called me, one month after the birthday party, and invited me to watch the meteor shower.’
- ‘A meteor shower occurs when Earth crosses this stream of debris.’
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