The word 'meteor' refers to the visible streak of light produced by fallen debris from space—'meteoroids'. We also call these beautiful sights 'shooting stars' or 'falling stars'.
Did you know that shooting stars are actually quite small? In fact, the average meteoroid is about the size of a pebble. Though many meteoroids enter the earth’s atmosphere every day, few of them actually hit the earth. When they do, they are called 'meteorites'.
Tonight, make sure you look to the skies. If you see a meteor, don’t forget to make a wish! Happy Meteor Day!