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It's a fairly common occurrence for a meteor to enter Earth's atmosphere, but spotting a bright fireball is still rare enough to be thrilling.
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While they're easiest to see during a meteor shower, these beautiful streaks of light can be spotted throughout the year.
Here are 6 of the most spectacular meteors ever caught on tape.
The meteor's descent could clearly be seen above the Melbourne skyline.
People as far as Northern Ireland to Belgium reported seeing a flash to the U.K. Meteor Network.
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It traveled at a speed of 28,000 miles per hour.
A cloud of vaporized rock hung in the sky until early morning, and meteorite fragments were found in the town of Cibecue.
The American Meteor Society also received reports and videos from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Montana.
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More than 1,500 people were injured when the meteor exploded, mostly by glass shattered by the shockwave.
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