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What is the difference between a comet and a shooting star ?

A shooting star or a meteor is seen when a large enough piece of rock enters the earth’s atmosphere from outer space leaving a bright track for a few seconds in the sky. A comet on the other hand is seen as a fuzzy object for many nights. A shooting star is seen when pieces of a dead comet or an asteroid enter the earth’s atmosphere. As the friction heats it up it burns, leaving a bright trail. When a stream of pieces enters the atmosphere at the same time, we see a meteor shower.

Meteor Trail
A Meteor Against the Background
of Stars

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