10 Interesting Facts About Meteors or Meteor Facts Nasa - Facts Did You Know?


Interesting facts about Meteors:-


Now let's Look around our universe so here are 10 Interesting Facts About Meteors which you really liked it so below down there are 10 facts which will definitely increase your knowledge.


What is Meteors?

A small body of matter from outer space that enters the earth's atmosphere, becoming incandescent as a result of friction and appearing as a streak of light.

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meteor, known colloquially as a "shooting star" or "falling star", is the visible passage of a glowing meteoroid, micrometeoroid, comet or asteroid through Earth's atmosphere, after being heated to incandescence by collisions with air molecules in the upper atmosphere, creating a streak of light via its rapid motion.

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1. Meteors are bits of rocks and ice ejected from comets as they move in their orbits about the sun.

 


2. Meteor showers get their names from the constellation in where their radiant is located. Perseids come from Perseus, hence the name Perseids


3. The International Space Station has shielding to protect it from meteors up to an inch wide.



4. Comets continuously eject material with each passage around the sun; this replenishes the shower meteoroids. 


5. A meteor that reaches the ground it is called a meteorite. 



6. Radar indicates there are 12,000 meteors on a given night that are about the size of a piece of dust. 


7. A meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet or asteroid. 



8. Approximately 30 meteor showers occur each year that are visible to observers on Earth. Some of these showers have been around longer than 100 years. For example, the Perseid meteor shower, which occurs each year in August, was first observed about 2000 years ago and recorded in the Chinese annals. 




9. Meteors are sometimes observed with red, yellow or green trails. The colors are caused by the ionization of molecules - like oxygen which appears to be green. 



10. A fireball is a meteor that is brighter than the planet Venus. 






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