Entry into Earth's atmosphere of multiple meteoroids (see meteor), traveling in parallel paths, usually spread over several hours or days. Most meteor showers come from matter released during passage of a comet through the inner solar system, and they recur annually as Earth crosses the comet's orbital path. Meteor showers are usually named for a constellation (e.g., Leonid for Leo) or star in their direction of origin. Most showers are visible as a few dozen meteors per hour, but occasionally Earth crosses an especially dense concentration of meteoroids, as in the great Leonid meteor shower of 1833, in which hundreds of thousands of meteors were seen in one night all over North America.
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Streak of light in the sky that results when a particle or small chunk of stony or metallic matter from space enters Earth's atmosphere and is vapourized by friction. The term is sometimes applied to the falling object itself, properly called a meteoroid. Most meteoroids, traveling at five times the speed of sound or more, burn up in the upper atmosphere, but a large one may survive its fiery plunge and reach the surface as a solid body (meteorite). Seealso meteor shower.
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There were 62 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the town the population was spread out with 32.9% under the age of 18, 2.4% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 120.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 147.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $49,375. Males had a median income of $30,139 versus $30,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,487. None of the families and 7.8% of the population were living below the poverty line.
Meteors to star, but moon to steal much of the show ; The Perseids will peak tonight, but there's only a 90-minute viewing window.
Aug 12, 2006; EDWARD D. MURPHY Staff Writer Portland Press Herald (Maine) 08-12-2006 meteors to star, but moon to steal much of the show...