If meteors come from one direction, why do some flashes go west to east...and others east to west?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on September 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

If meteors come from one direction, why do some flashes go west to east...and others east to west?

Meteors do come from one direction; as the earth moves through comet debris, the various 'chunks' that form meteors are moving parallel to each other. But just like a railroad track, although the rails are parallel to each other, they appear to spread out as they approach someone standing on the track. It's simply an optical illusion.

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