Braindrops from the Franklin Institute
"A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives an impact with the Earth's surface. When it enters the atmosphere, impact pressure causes the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting star."
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Source: The Franklin Institute (Mission: In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.)