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The meteor showers are a trail of debris left behind when an astronomic body passes through the plane of the Earth. When the Earth intersects such a debris trail, the pieces of debris slow down as they encounter the atmosphere, and soon gravity takes control.

They are called meteors when in the sky, and meteorite if they land.

These debris trails are still drifting through space, and we encounter some of these each year. Thus the Leonids or the Perseids and so on, for their parent object left a trail that appears to originate from a particular part of the sky. [But did not - these trails are probably old solar system remnants.]

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Do meteors fall quickly to earth?

Yes, meteors do fall very quickly to Earth.


Why can't meteors fall on earth?

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Dose a meteor or comet fall quickly fall to earth?

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Why do meteors burn as they fall to earh?

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Do shooting stars fall to earth?

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Where are the asteroids when it falls?

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Where are meteors located in space?

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Where do meteors orbit?

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