'Meteor Storm' May Light Up Friday Night Sky

May 22, 2014 4:44 AM

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'Meteor Storm' May Light Up Friday Night Sky

As Earth orbits the sun, the planet constantly sweeps up interplanetary debris. This debris often heats the Earth's upper atmosphere until it glows, leaving brief trails across the night sky that people once called "shooting stars" or "falling stars."

This weekend, stargazers in North America could get a glimpse of many of these objects, which are now known as meteors.

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