What Is the Difference Between Comets and Meteors and Are Comets Related To Meteors?

Meteors are pieces of celestial debris of any size.

They can be found just about anywhere in the solar system.

Cornets are a great source of meteors because they leave particles along their paths.

When Earth orbits through the cometary residue, earthlings can see the dust fall in meteor showers, also known as shooting or falling stars.

A comet in orbit near the Sun leaves a great deal of broken-up matter in its wake after it is gone.

When Earth, following its own orbital path, crosses the path of the comet’s orbit, it passes through all the leftover debris.

The cometary matter forms splendid displays of shooting stars, more properly called meteor showers.

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