How Often Do You See Shooting Stars?


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A shooting star can be seen every 10 to 15 minutes while stargazing, according to Cornell Astronomy. However, depending upon clouds in the sky, dust and air pollution – and also considering that only a small part of the sky is visible at a time – this interval can vary.

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The scientific term for shooting stars is "meteors." Outer space contains many small particles, such as dust, rocks and ice, that are known as meteoroids. When these meteoroids enter Earth's atmosphere, they burn and fall at high speed with a blazing trail and are called shooting stars. More than 22,000 tons of space particles enter Earth's atmosphere every year as meteors.

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