Meteors and Meteorites
By Kaya Greenland
Facts about meteors and meteorites
Meteors are fragments of rock and metal that fly through space.
A meteor shower is when the earth passes through the patch of a comet because the comet leaves a path of debris behind it.
A meteor is only called a meteorite when it enters earths atmosphere.
Once a meteorite enters earths atmosphere it starts burning up and looks like a falling star.
A meteor is also known as a falling star.
Meteorites get so hot from rushing through the air that they glow and often burn up.
Meteors become visible between 34 and 70 miles above earth.
A fireball is also known as a very bright meteor.
A meteor is formed when an asteroid collides with a meteor.
A fireball [meteor] is brighter than any planets.