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Meteor Shower Pronunciation Guide

Meteor showers are formed by comets and asteroids that come close to the Sun. Heat from the Sun causes dust and rock to break off the body and gather into a collection of debris that moves along the body's orbital path. If Earth's orbit crosses this path, there is a meteor shower as the dust particles vaporize in Earth's atmosphere, about 90 km above Earth's surface.

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