Shooting Star

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A shooting star, known formally as a meteor, is the visible passage of a glowing meteoroid, micrometeoroid, comet or asteroid through Earth's atmosphere, after being heated to incandescence by collisions with air molecules in the upper atmosphere, creating a streak of light via rapid motion and sometimes via shedding glowing material in its wake. The visible streak of light is what gives a meteor the colloquially known name "a shooting star". If large enough, a meteor can fall to sea or land and is then a meteorite.

Shooting star may also refer to:

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Science and mathematics[edit]

  • Hypervelocity star, a type of star that moves at unusually high velocities across the galaxy
  • Dodecatheon, a genus of herbaceous flowering plants
  • Dodecatheon pulchellum, also known as pretty shooting star, few-flowered shooting star, dark throat shooting star and prairie shooting star
  • An algorithm for calculating the shortest path, in a graph



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