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What are Shooting Stars?

Geography | 8-14 yrs | Animation, Video

Look up at the night sky. Once in a while, you will see a streak of the light in the sky. These streaks are called ‘shooting stars’. But did you know ..? These shooting stars’ are not really stars! They are small dust particles, floatings around in space. When the dust particles come close to earth, some of the get pulled towards the earth.

The dust particles enter the earth’s atmosphere at very high speeds. Speeds so high, that the friction with the air, heats up the dust particles. The dust particles start glowing brightly. They finally burn out before reaching the ground. And that is what we see as ‘shooting stars.’

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