- A shooting star can be defined as a rapidly moving meteor made of rock or metal that burns up as it enters the earth’s atmosphere.
- The meteor is usually seen as a bright light in the sky, almost like a bright star travelling very fast across the sky and hence the name.
What exactly is a shooting star?
- A shooting star might have the same look as a star in the sky that is moving very rapidly across the atmosphere. However, they are not the same thing.
- A shooting star is basically a small meteor, that can be made up of rocks or metal, that falls down across the earth’s atmosphere from space.
- This meteor moves at a very high speed within the earth’s atmosphere and during its passage, burns. This burning gives off a light or glow, which is what we see in the sky when we look at a shooting star.
- When the meteor enters the earth’s atmosphere, it undergoes some chemical changes or chemical reactions along with a change in pressure causing it to burn up and glow like a star.
- The path traced by the shooting star also has a streak of glow as it moves at great speed. the path traversed by it disappears almost instantaneously.
- A glowing shooting star is also called a fireball.
- The energy given out while moving makes the meteors get burned even before reaching the ground.
- However, sometimes some meteors are capable of hitting the ground even after giving out some of their energy on the way to earth’s ground. This survived meteor is called a meteorite.
- The biggest meteorite to date is named “Hoba meteorite”. It weighs about 60 tons.
- The temperature of a shooting star is about 3,000 Fahrenheit.
- One can witness a shooting star best at night-time. However, they can occur at any time during the whole day.
- Different shooting stars emit different light due to the difference in their material and origin.
- What is a meteorite?
- What are stars?
- Enlist the differences between meteor and meteorite.
True or False:
- Shooting stars are the same as stars.
- Shooting stars are also called fireballs.
- The meteor is not related to a shooting star.
- Shooting star does not give away any light while moving in the earth’s atmosphere.
- Fireballs are the least glowing shooting star.
- A shooting star can be said as _______ that burns up in the earth’s atmosphere while moving at a fast speed.
- A small metal or dust meteor
- Large metal or dust meteor
- metal meteor
- dust meteor
- __________ is the most glowing shooting star.
- Hot ball.
- None of the above.
- Shooting star has the same appearance as ______.
- Shooting stars are nothing, but _________ that burns up in earth’s environment.
- The meteor that hits the earth’s surface is called a _________.