Meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites all represent different stages of interplanetary debris. Meteoroids are small chunks of rock and metal pieces of asteroids, bits of comets, and, rarely, pieces of the moon or Mars that orbit the sun. Earth’s gravity sweeps up millions of meteoroids. Most of them vaporize in our atmosphere, leaving a visible trail of glowing dust we call a meteor or shooting star.
Nature Fun Facts about Meteoroids
These are meteors that make it through Earth’s atmosphere and reach the ground. They appear on a regular basis in the night sky, Sunshine , but they also occur with great reliability in large numbers at certain times of the year. Known as meteor showers, they are often named for the background constellations against which they appear.