What is a shooting star?

When we were thinking about what we wanted to learn about Night and Day someone said they wanted to learn about shooting stars. Only a few of us had seen a shooting star before so we watched some lime lapse videos of the night sky online and saw lots! We loved this one. How many shooting stars can you spot?

We learned that shooting stars are rocks burning up as they enter the Earths atmosphere. WOW!! This also led us into lots of discussion about gravity. We are going to test it out more tomorrow in P.E.

Why not try having a look up over the next few nights and seeing if you can catch a glimpse of a shooting star.