Why and how do meteor showers occur?\r\nWhen it comes to Solar System, in addition to the planets, there are other objects orbiting the sun.\r\nPlanets revolve around the sun in their respective circular orbits.\r\nMeteoroids orbit the sun in a lopsided manner. A meteoroid is a space rock. It is a small, broken away piece from a comet or an asteroid. The size of a meteoroid can be from 0.1 millimeter to 100 meters.\r\n\r\nA meteoroid that enters the earth\u2019s atmosphere is called meteor. The light we see is the resistance (or drag) of the air on the meteor. It makes the meteor extremely hot.\r\nThis also happens to the rocket ships when they enter the atmosphere. When multiple meteors enter the atmosphere and burn up, it is called a meteor shower.\r\n\r\nThe sun is a big ball of heat. When a meteoroid gets closer to the sun, the ice on the meteoroid boils, which releases a lot of debris (particles of dust and rock). Meteoroids are very small and usually get burned up once they have entered Earth\u2019s atmosphere, so they won\u2019t come and hit the earth\u2019s surface.\r\n\r\nWhen you are watching a meteor shower, you may also notice the \u201ctail\u201d of the meteors seem to be pointing in the same place. This is visible in that manner because the meteors are all coming from the same angle.\r\nMeteor showers also come around the same time every year because they are in an orbit (just like the earth) around the sun.\r\nIf you want to know when the next one is so you can watch, you can look it up online at the calendar maintained by the American Meteor Society: https:\/\/www.amsmeteors.org\/meteorshowers\/meteor-shower-calendar\/\r\nNASA also posts information about it on its website.\r\nVaageesha Das is in ninth grade at Morgantown High School. Today\u2019s information comes from: https:\/\/www.sc ientificamerican.com\/article\/what-cau ses-a-meteor-show\/; https:\/\/spaceplace.nasa.gov\/meteor-shower\/en\/; https:\/\/www.quora.com\/Why-do-meteor-showers-occur.