• Meteors are not stars at all.
  • The light you see comes from a small piece of matter burning up as it flies through Earth's atmosphere.
  • When a meteor shoots through the atmosphere, it burns and glows.
  • A meteoroid is dragged toward Earth by gravity and enters the atmosphere.
  • Friction with the atmosphere heats the object quickly, so it starts to vaporize.
  • The object is now a meteor.
  • Most meteors vaporize in the atmosphere; they never reach Earth’s surface.
  • Large meteoroids may not burn up entirely in the.
  • atmosphere.
  • A small core may remain and hit Earth's surface, called a meteorite.
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