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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Meteor Storm Recorded




WASHINGTON -- As many as 5,000 shooting stars an hour sped toward Earth at the peak of this year's Leonid meteor storm, astronomers said Thursday.


Observers on mountain tops, in deserts, in two specially outfitted planes and on the Internet watched the Leonid storm, which hit its height early Thursday morning.


Scientists watching from near Malaga, Spain, recorded the rate of 5,000 an hour, according to the International Meteor Organization. Scientists watching from a pair of laboratory aircraft put the rate at 2,200 an hour.


"It's getting to the point where we can't click fast enough to keep up with the meteors," Dave Holman of the California Meteor Society said.