With reference to the phenomenon of “Shooting star” in the night, which among the following is the correct sequence of the terms used for various phases of the rocky object from space entering earth’s atmosphere and reaching on earth?
A meteoroid is a small rocky or metallic body travelling through space. When such an object enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it heats up from atmospheric friction and produces a streak of light, both from the glowing object and the trail of glowing particles that it leaves in its wake. This phenomenon is called a meteor, or colloquially a “shooting star” or “falling star”. If a meteoroid, comet or asteroid or a piece thereof withstands ablation from its atmospheric entry and impacts with the ground, then it is called a meteorite. (Wikipedia)
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