Meteor Shower

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
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December 14, 2006

Star gazers woke up early Thursday morning to see what was arguably the best meteor shower of the year.

Members of the "Outdoor Adventure Social Club" traveled to the Blue Ridge Parkway to view the streaks of light at around 5:30 Thursday morning. Many say it was one of the best they had ever seen.

This meteor shower was one of the brightest of the year with the most flashes of light. "If you're patient, you can see streaks of light. They really do look like shooting stars even though they have nothing to do with stars. They are about the same brightness. They flash across the sky really really fast and then they are gone," said Genevieve de Messieres, an Astronomy Graduate Student at the University of Virginia.

The streaks of light are actually debris from an asteroid hitting the earth's atmosphere.

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