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What are falling stars?

Falling stars are nothing but “meteors” which are small, solid bodies which travel through space, and which may also pass through the earth’s atmosphere. When it comes within our atmosphere, we can see them because they leave a fiery train of light. This is caused by the heat made by the friction of air upon their surfaces. Strangely enough, most individual meteor particles are quite small, about the size of a pinhead. Occasional meteors weigh many tons. Most meteors are destroyed entirely by heat as they pass through the earth’s at­mosphere. Only the larger meteor fragments ever reach the earth. Scientists believe that thousands of meteors fall to earth each day and night, since most of the earth’s surface is covered by water, they usually fall into oceans and lakes. One such meteor crosses the earth’s path every 33 years and when a piece of meteor reaches the earth, it is called “a meteorite.” It falls because of the earth’s gravity.


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