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Do other planets have meteor showers like Earth has? Can we see them through telescopes? If so, can we learn anything about the planet's atmosphere by looking at the light as meteors burn?

Nicholas Micchelli, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
RELATED TOPICS: METEOR SHOWER
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All planets in our solar system that have atmospheres also have meteor showers. Earth has the famous Orionids from Comet 1P/Halley, the Geminids from asteroid 3200 Phaethon, and at least another 93 showers such as the Kappa Cygnids from now dormant Jupiter family comet 2008 ED69. The showers occur when Earth traverses the streams of small bits of rock that these comets and asteroids released in the past.

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