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4 Cool Facts about Shooting Stars

4 Cool Facts about Shooting Stars

Twinkle, twinkle, little star…

Can you imagine something you have or own that has been around since the cavemen? There are few things that we share in common, even with the dinosaurs, but one thing remains the same; a shooting star has always and will always look the same and as beautiful as you could ever imagine.

Once in a while we’ve gotten lucky and have been amazed and awed to watch a shooting star race across the sky in all its glory.

As some people might refer to as a falling star, they’re the same, no matter what you call it. Shooting Stars are the small pieces of rock that strike the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a single or multi-colored streak colored across the sky.

The single or multi-colored streak in the sky is called a “fireball” (pretty different from the Pitbull song) if the meteorite is large enough in size to cause a trail of illumination.

Likewise, it can range in different colors from yellow to red to green and can even last more than a minute. Some shooting stars will even make a crackling noise when they pass through the atmosphere.

Ok, so brace yourself for 4 Cool Facts about Shooting Stars.

4 Cool Facts about Shooting Stars #4: A Star by Any Other Name

Get ready for a big surprise, shooting stars are not even stars. Shooting stars are part of asteroids and comets, but are actually correctly termed as meteors.

If they were really stars then life on Earth would be really disastrous. Due to the size and scale of actual stars (think about our Sun) life wouldn’t exist on Earth, as almost every star is much larger and bigger than any planet in our Solar System.

 

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If a star was a “shooting star” and came close to our Solar System, then either its heat or radiation would certainly cause disastrous conditions. If nothing else, its gravitational pull would rip apart our solar alignment and cause the planets to possibly even be launched out into outer space.

These meteors are dust or small pieces of rock which strike the Earth’s atmosphere from space, and good thing, too. These small objects burn up in the atmosphere before reaching the ground. But, in some rare cases, these materials are large enough to reach the Earth’s surface, if they do, then they are called a meteorite.

4 Cool Facts about Shooting Stars #3: Hot for Teacher

The temperature of a shooting star is around 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Shooting stars move swiftly and ghastly that when they slam into Earth’s atmosphere, they burn up and glow.

 

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Moving with unusually high velocity, shooting stars travel a speed of 26 miles per second with high air resistance, they can burn over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and when this occurs, a bright streak shoots across the sky and can be observed from all over the visible area on Earth. Hence, why they are called shooting or falling stars

4 Cool Facts about Shooting Stars #2: Go Take a Shower

Every year on November 18, the Leonid Shower occur. Sky gazers from all over the world travel to witness the superb and stunning display of ultra-fast meteors that streak across the sky.

The Leonid shower, mostly, peaks on the night of November 17 and early morning of November 18. These showers radiate from the location of the Leo Constellation, or at least from where it appears in the sky, hence the name Leonid.

 

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In 1966, one of the most amazing and stupendous Leonid Showers took place, where ever second forty shooting stars were seen. Can you imagine how amazing that would have been and how frequently you would have been turning your head to see them, over and over!

A witness of this amazing event depicted it as a gigantic umbrella placed under a waterfall, causing the droplets and water sparkle to light up the whole sky. The phenomena occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle.

4 Cool Facts about Shooting Stars #1: The Ron Burgundy of Meteorology

Believe it or not, but shooting stars actually help in weather forecasting.

Scientist now study shooting stars not only to predict the weather, but also to understand the atmosphere. Studying natural phenomenon is more efficient and cost-effective.

They observe the trials of shooting stars through the antennae placed around the world. Furthermore, shooting stars burn as a result, they grow tails of charged particles. These trails with the passage of time dissolve and spread in the surroundings. This gives a lot of information about weather and in the making of accurate weather models.

 

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All in all, predicting weather in the future can be a beneficial advantage to meteorologists and especially for farmers.

Even as far back as times of ancient Greece and looking at present day, it has been a custom to wish upon a shooting star. People think that it’s the ideal time to cast a wish, so now that you’re familiar with these 4 cool facts about shooting stars, what will you wish for next time you see a shooting star? Tell us in the comments below!

Thanks so much and remember, social sharing is caring.

 

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