Meteoroids are small rocks or debris that orbit the sun. When a meteoroid enters Earth's atmosphere, it becomes a meteor.
Meteors are often called shooting stars and can be seen in the night sky.
Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere before reaching the ground.
If a meteor does make it to the ground, it is called a meteorite.
Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through a trail of debris left by a comet.
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular and occurs every August.