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Perseids undergo a data fusion at Western University to learn more about this famous meteor shower

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. The Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

While amateur astronomers enjoy the spectacular sky show the Perseids meteor shower is putting on this month, scientists at Western University are using this "sky laboratory" to learn more about what happens as small rocks interact with the atmosphere.

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