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.

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