Meteors and meteorites come in all shapes and sizes. Wikimedia.

Nothing to Worry About

Meteoroids tend to be smaller in size than meteors. The size may range from that of dust up to the size of a boulder. Most of the time, meteoroids are pretty small and burn up within the Earth’s atmosphere only. So, there are minimal chances that any of the remaining comets could strike the Earth’s surface. When this happens, you have a high chance of seeing a bright and fantastic shooting star at the wee hours of the morning. During a meteor shower, you can see the glowing streak anywhere in the sky. However, all their tails will get to point back in one specified direction. It is as if all meteors travel at the same exact angle. As they tend to come close to the Earth’s surface, the visual perspective will make them look like they are a lot farther away than they actually are.

These showers are primarily named for constellations from where these meteors originate. For example, the Orionid meteor shower, which takes place in October every year, is believed to have originated near the well-known constellation of Orion the Hunter. This meteor shower is the most well-known one associated with Halley’s Comet. Some other examples of prominent meteor showers are the Lyrids in April, Quadrantids in December or January, Perseids in August, Leonids in November, and Geminids in December. The peak viewing time can vary by one day or maybe two. In case there is a full moon, there are fewer chances of you seeing a meteor. If that’s the case, certain years are more optimal for catching a meteor shower.

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