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Did you see the Geminid meteor shower?

Geminid Meteor Australia Image copyright Steven Sandner
Image caption Steven Sandner spotted this spectacular display in Australia

A Geminid meteor shower has been spotted by stargazing enthusiasts from around the world.

Here is a selection of your photos.

The Geminid meteors are pieces of rocky debris from an extinct comet, racing round the Solar System, in an orbit.

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Geminid Meteor in West Sussex, England Image copyright Jonas Yip
Image caption "Despite the cold, I managed to capture a meteor streak," says Jonas Yip who took this scene on Lancing Beach in West Sussex, England
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The Geminid meteors originate from a rocky asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, and each year, the Earth passes through a trail of debris left by the asteroid as it travels around the Sun.

Geminid Meteor in Wales Image copyright Adam Tatton-Reid Photography
Image caption Adam Tatton-Reid who took this shot in Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales says: "It's one of the few areas in the UK that is protected by International Dark Sky Reserve status."
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Geminid Meteor in Wales Image copyright Chris Pomeroy
Image caption Also in the Brecon Beacons, Chris Pomeroy took this photo
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When the debris hits Earth's atmosphere they burn up, producing streaks of light known as meteors.

Geminid Meteor Arizona, US Image copyright @dogzebraphotography/Instagram
Image caption Photographer Brian Moore captured the meteors in Canyon Lake, Arizona, US
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Geminid Meteor Arizona, US Image copyright Lori Grace Bailey
Image caption Lori Grace Bailey not only saw a Geminid meteor but also, "Comet Wirtanen, Orion, and Pleiades" near Diablo Mountain in Arizona, US
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Meteor shower in Dubai Image copyright David Greer
Image caption David Greer said: "I took the photo last night in Al Quadra desert in Dubai."
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Appearing in bursts of two or three, Geminids travel slower and burn brighter than most other meteors - creating long, glowing arcs of white, yellow, blue, red and green.

Geminid Meteor in Hampshire Image copyright Richard Hopkins
Image caption Richard Hopkins in Hampshire, England, says: "The picture shows the Pleiades at the top, the constellation of Taurus the bull on the left with the bright red star Aldeberan and the green comet at the bottom right, and I also caught a Geminid meteor."
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