Talk:Meteor

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A meteor is a kind of stone that falls from the sky.

Aren't the often just lumps of ice? The whole sentence sounds a little bit flippant. --AugustO 08:50, 19 February 2013 (EST)

Agree on the tone: one might almost think the article was written by someone trying to discredit the encyclopedia.
If you check science sources, they distinguish between rocky meteoroids and icy comets. --Ed Poor Talk 08:55, 19 February 2013 (EST)
The first and third sentences really should be combined: if a meteoroid does not enter the atmosphere, it is not a meteor. "Shooting star" or "falling star" are common names for meteors, not a special case of meteors. Also, "falls through the sky" is not very precise terminology. The third sentence's "enters Earth's atmosphere" is better. Finally, "fireball" describes a large meteor, one that takes many seconds to disintegrate in the atmosphere. The vast majority of meteors are not fireballs. MelH 02:37, 21 February 2013 (EST)
Please make those changes, Mel. --Ed Poor Talk 08:52, 21 February 2013 (EST)
Done. MelH 10:20, 21 February 2013 (EST)