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Meteor Shower Pictures Of 2011

First Posted: 12/29/11 11:52 AM ET Updated: 12/29/11 11:52 AM ET

Did you wish upon a shooting star in 2011? In case you missed your chance, here are some of our favorite meteor shower images from 2011.

According to NASA, the best meteor shower of summer 2011 took place in August. The Perseids, which have been observed for around 2,000 years, are caused by the Earth passing through "the debris trail left behind comet Swift-Tuttle."

In December, Canadian astronomers captured a basketball-sized meteor on video. The fireball, which could be seen moving east of Toronto, was unrelated to the concurrent Geminid meteor shower.

A time-lapse video of December's impressive Geminid meteor shower can be seen here.

For a look at some of the best lunar and solar eclipse pictures of 2011, check out these images.

Check out some of the best meteor shower pictures from 2011 and be sure to vote for your favorites. Flickr images courtesy of credited users under the Creative Commons license. All NASA images, in false color, courtesy of NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environment Office.


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