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'Comet of the Century' Could Create New Meteor Shower
An incoming comet that may well turn out to be the “comet of the century” could create an unusual kind of meteor shower, scientists say.
When Comet ISON passes by the Earth this year, it is possible that the dust sloughed off by the comet’s tail will create an odd meteor shower when the planet passes through the stream of tiny particles that once were a part of the comet’s tail.
"Instead of burning up in a flash of light, they [the particles] will drift gently down to the Earth below," University of Western Ontario meteor scientist Paul Wiegert said in a statement.
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'Comet of the Century' Could Create New Meteor Shower

An incoming comet that may well turn out to be the “comet of the century” could create an unusual kind of meteor shower, scientists say.

When Comet ISON passes by the Earth this year, it is possible that the dust sloughed off by the comet’s tail will create an odd meteor shower when the planet passes through the stream of tiny particles that once were a part of the comet’s tail.

"Instead of burning up in a flash of light, they [the particles] will drift gently down to the Earth below," University of Western Ontario meteor scientist Paul Wiegert said in a statement.

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