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Meteor shower seen in South West
People living in Cornwall have reported sightings of meteors falling from the sky on Sunday night.

An object described as a white hot meteor with a yellow edge was seen in the sky, and is thought to have landed in the sea off St Ives.

A second meteor was reported in the Torrington area of Devon.

The sightings are believed to be part of the Virginids meteor shower which happens every year from mid-February and lasts about three weeks.

Meteor showers happen when the earth passes through the tail of a comet, and debris burns up in the atmosphere. From the ground, they can be seen as jets of bright light, shooting across the sky.

Because the Earth follows the same path around the Sun each year, it always crosses a comet trail at the same point in its orbit, resulting in regular meteor showers.

Devon and Cornwall Police say there have been no reports of any damage or injury as a result of the objects.


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