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The simple pleasure of gazing at the stars

Every night, you can hope to see a shooting star every 10 to 15 minutes

By Cal Flyn   March 2019

Illustration: Kate Hazell

The new year came in through a hail of celestial fireworks: the Quarantids, a short but intense meteor shower seen each January as our planet passes through the remnants of an extinct comet. On a good night, one might see a hundred or more shooting stars an hour, as flecks of rock flash through the atmosphere, burning up as they go—streaks of gold and green and electric blue.

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