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When a meteor enters the Earth's atmosphere, a bright streak of light is seen because of the heat generation . This heat generation is caused by friction between the air molecules in the atmosphere and the meteor.

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It is a meteor in the sky, and a meteorite when (if) it lands. The bright light is mainly the ablation of hot material from the meteor.

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The meteroid is burning up, like you said, so the light behind it is just the material of the meteoroid burning.

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