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Meteor shower stuns stargazers over the weekend

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Meteor shower wow

Stargazers who had the patience to sit through a cold, moonless night on Saturday caught quite a dazzling display.

The Orionid meteor shower gave off a light show captured by viewers.

Watch a slideshow of images from the Orionid meteor shower.

The light show is one of two showers caused by debris from Halley's Comet as Earth passes through a stream of dust left behind from the comet's orbit.

The Orionids are known to display 25 to 30 meteors an hour, and once they show up, they're quick. According to NASA, the meteors streaked by at nearly 150,000 mph.

Bing F. Quock, assistant director of  Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, told Yahoo News in an email that the meteor shower is "a good one to watch."

Quock added that there are more to come: "This can be considered a warm-up for the Geminid shower of December, which usually produces even more meteors, though sky conditions in December can be a little less co-operative."

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