Have you ever look to sky and see a streak of light? Well, in fact those are not stars, actually, they are meteoroids. The light you can see is the result of the meteoroid that burned up as enters the planet’s atmosphere, trying to make their way through to arrive to the Earth.
They have a wide range of sizes, from dust particles to around 10 metres in diameter (although larger objects are usually referred to as asteroids).
The fastest meteoroids travel through the solar system at a speed of around 42 kilometres per second (26 miles per second).
If a meteor survives the plunge through the atmosphere and lands on the surface, it’s known as a meteorite.