DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Meteor shower. Coloured historical artwork of an 1870 meteor shower. Meteors, or shooting stars, are tiny dust grains which enter the Earth's atmosphere and glow as they are heated by air resistance. They can enter the atmosphere at speeds of about 72 kilometres per second.
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