Meteor

Meteor

In the astronomy the meteor is a concept that is reserved to distinguish the luminous phenomenon that occurs when a meteoroid passes through the atmosphere. It is synonymous with shooting star, misnomer, since it is not about stars that emerge from the sky. The appearance of meteors is a very common occurrence and usually seen with the naked eye, with the exception of so-called telescopic meteors need at least binoculars for observation. On a dark, clear night can be detected without the aid of instruments up to 10 meteors per hour, but at irregular intervals (may take ten or twenty minutes without any notice); however, at times called star rain observe reach 10 to 60 hours (every minute). Light pollution in cities makes it very difficult to enjoy this type of observation. Also the presence of the moon, especially in its full phase, prevents the observation of meteors.

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