Shooting stars (meteors)



Shooting stars look like stars that quickly shoot across the sky, but they are not stars.


The colors of this shooting star may also indicate the minerals that make up the space rock. Different elements emit different-colored light when they burn. Iron, one of the most common elements found in meteors, glows yellow. Silicates, which contain a form of the element silicon, glow red. A green glow, clearly visible in the trail of this shooting star, indicates the presence of burning copper
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The number of shooting stars then increases to perhaps 100 per hour.

what else can you call it ?

These are often called 'falling stars'.
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This cosmic show makes even the most hardened astronomer gaze in awe at the thousands of streaking light strobes that pierce the night sky for an impressive celestial display.

u wont belive it

Meteors go to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
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A "falling star" or a "shooting star" has nothing at all to do with a star!


These amazing streaks of light you can sometimes see in the night sky are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock calledmeteoroids falling into the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.