The Formation of Shooting Stars


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Most meteorites that are found are made of:

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1. The thing you find lying on the ground, the remnant of a space rock that produces a meteor, is called a:

2. Meteorites made of iron and nickel are called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Shooting stars are not stars at all but a piece of rock entering Earth's atmosphere. Review your understanding of shooting stars, or meteors, with this interactive quiz. The questions will ask about their formation and composition.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be asked to:

  • Identify what most meteorites consist of
  • Give the term for the rock that produces a meteor and can be found on the ground
  • Select the title for meteorites made of iron and nickel
  • Find the name for a piece of rock floating in space that could enter Earth's atmosphere and become a meteor
  • Name the term given to the luminous trail seen in the sky when a piece of space dust enters the Earth's upper atmosphere

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the formation of shooting stars
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the composition of meteorites
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a space rock that could come into Earth's atmosphere and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about meteors, review the accompanying lesson called The Formation of Shooting Stars. This lesson includes the objectives below:

  • Learn about ionization and understand how it causes the brilliant trail of a shooting star
  • Describe what happens to a piece of space rock or dust when it enters Earth's atmosphere
  • Explain the three main categories of meteorites
  • Read about the Hoba meteorite, Meteor Crater in Arizona, and the Tunguska event in Siberia