Meteors fall into the Earth's atmosphere all the time... tons of them every year. But when the Earth passes through the debris left behind by a comet, then you get lots of meteors at once.... a shower.

The most activity is usually just before local dawn that's when you are rotating in the same direction that the Earth is travelling around the Sun.

A couple of examples: the Perseids (around August 12) and the Leonids (around November 17).

A very long time ago
I was in love

And tonight the sky above me
is black as the blackest depths of space
Tiny chinks of starlight
glimmer weakly against the darkness
and the face of the moon
is shrouded in shadow
There are no city lights
or streetlamps out here
to light my way
I am looking up at the nighttime sky
My neck is craned back and getting stiff
and fingers of frost have already begun
to take hold of the ground at my feet
I ignore it all and look up
at billions and billions of miles of emptiness
at billions and billions of years of darkness and silence
A tiny streak of light flashes through the sky
It burns up in the atmosphere
and is gone
Another streak follows it into oblivion
and then another
Soon, the night is filled with the lights
from hundreds of rocks
that came millions of miles
just to burn to ash
over a tiny blue planet
that does not deserve us

A very long time ago
I was in love

Due to the regularity of bodies in space orbiting other bodies in space, the Law of Gravity and other wonderful things to do with physics, many meteor showers happen at the same time each year. Below are the major meteor showers, all of which are visible from somewhere on earth.

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