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What does a shooting star look like?

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A shooting star is not actually a star, nor does it shoot. A shooting star is officially called a meteor, a chunk of extraterrestrial rock pulled into the Earth's atmosphere by gravity. Most meteors are closer to dust or sand in size, not the large boulders frequently seen in science fiction movies. As these tiny fragments of rock fall through the Earth's outer layers of air, they experience a build-up of frictional heat. The individual particles glow brightly as they continue to fall and burn up. Observers on the ground may catch a fleeting glimpse of the shooting star as it streaks across the night sky. It is easy to see how the shooting star earned its nickname. We're accustomed to seeing fixed points of light in the night sky, commonly known as stars and planets. What we're not so accustomed to is observing one of these points of light falling out of place or suddenly burning out. When we see a meteor heat up and streak across the sky, it often looks like a real star dropping out ... more
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It usually lasts a second or two (rare ones can go as long as ten seconds). They are about the brilliance of a normal star. They streak rapidly. The faster ones are very white, while slow one can be yellow or even reddish (faster = hotter = whiter). The fast one can sometimes leave a trail (which lasts for a few seconds -- although the record observed is almost an hour). It is very rare that it will still be there after you finish shouting "look over there, a shooting star!" Unless the person is already looking up, in the general direction. Sometimes (very rarely) they break apart at the end of the streak and you then see (for a brief fraction of a second) two or three streaks sticking out from the end of the main streak. They are small pebbles (the size of your thumb, at most) that enter the Earth's atmosphere at very high speed. The word "meteor" is from a Greek term meaning "high in the air". It is from the same root that we get "meteorology". If you are in a dark place (no light ... more
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A shooting star is hard to see it shoots by very fast but all you see is a bright yellowish line shooting across really fast more
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Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are the Shooting Stars of the eponymus television show. The Shooting Star you have seen, is a meteorite which has entered the Earth's atmosphere and is burning up. The tail is created from fragments of the meteorite which have come off, and are burning up. more
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Well a shooting star is not really a star. Technically it is a meteoroid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=517zkTuX1dE <----That's a joke. more
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it happens for a split second, it looks like a star that goes really fast and then disappears, it leaves a small trail of light then quickly fades. more
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color:white speed:fast fade:no (it's just falling) trail:yes twinkle:no fact:stars don't twinkle,they only seem to twinkle when we look at them from far away.The twinkling effect is caused by our ozone layer and the fast movement of the stars but from here it only looks like they are staying in one place. more
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It usually looks white, it's very fast, it fades away, it doesn't leave a visible trail, and it 'twinkles' as it's shooting by. It basically looks like a quick streak of light in the sky, and doesn't even last for one second. more
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its just a white streak shooting across the sky and breaks up more
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goees by pretty fast just looks like a quick white line more
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