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What are shooting stars?

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What are shooting stars? Shooting stars, or meteors, are streaks of light that cross the night sky, although they can only be seen for one or two seconds. They are caused when a solid piece of rock called a meteoroid plunges through the Earth's atmosphere, burning up due to air friction.
When the rock enters the atmosphere it is known as a meteor. If, as rarely happens, a small fragment reaches the Earth, it is called a meteorite.

The Earth regularly passes through clouds of meteors orbiting the Sun. The best-known cloud, called the Perseids, reappears each year on August 12-13, sometimes producing spectacular meteor showers.
There is also a regular meteor shower in December called the Geminids.

Tags: meteor shower, stars, atmosphere

Category: Astrology  - ( Astrology Archive)

Date Added: 09 December '11

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