A shooting star breaks the tranquility of the sky for a few moments. It looks like the wake of a star that falls for a few seconds and ends up disappearing.
It is not strange to see a shooting star on any given night, even if it is not a time of star rain. Thousands of small meteors bombard the Earth. They are remains of planetary material, comets and asteroids that travel through space and are attracted by Earth's gravity.
They enter the atmosphere at high speed and are ignited by air friction. That's why they become visible. Most are so small that they disintegrate after a few seconds. That is what we call shooting stars, although obviously they are not stars.
Only a few do not disappear completely and reach the ground. Then we talk about meteorites.
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